MEC’s concern about school infrastructure

2017-01-25 06:01
PHOTO: supplied Discussing a report on school infrastructure at Imvunulo Secondary School (from left) Member of the Legislature Education Portfolio Committee Zibuse Mlaba, Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo and MEC Belinda Scott.

PHOTO: supplied Discussing a report on school infrastructure at Imvunulo Secondary School (from left) Member of the Legislature Education Portfolio Committee Zibuse Mlaba, Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo and MEC Belinda Scott.

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POLITICAL champion of uMgungundlovu District and the KZN MEC for Finance, Belinda Scott is concerned about the state of infrastructure at the three schools she visited last Wednesday at the School Opening Functionality Monitoring Programme.

Scott led a delegation of provincial legislature members, mayors and staff from various government departments and municipalities at the legislature-initiated programme to three schools in Impendle.

The schools visited include Luthando High, which obtained 100% matric pass rate, Siyazama Secondary, which received a 90% pass rate and Imvunulo Secondary in Vulindlela near Pietermaritzburg, which received a 74% matric pass rate.

While the schools started normally with all the required educational material in place, the concern was on the state of infrastructure in all three.

Common in all three schools was the dilapidated ablution facilities, vandalism of certain facilities, drugs and substance abuse as well as the inability of the schools to repair the recurring damage to their infrastructure.

At Imvunulo Secondary Scott said she was concerned that these elements might disturb the process of further improving results.

“As the political champion of uMgungundlovu District, I am proud to have schools that have shown improvement in their matric results, and I am particularly proud that, of the three schools we visited today, we have a school that obtained 100 percent matric pass rate.

“However, I am concerned that there are elements that might disturb the process of further improving results for the current year. We have been told about vandalism of school property, the use of drugs in schools, a lack of proper maintenance of school infrastructure as well as a lack of involvement by some sections of certain relevant departments to ensure that schools function optimally.”

Scott said the success of the schooling system requires active involvement of the community, school governing bodies, municipalities and relevant government departments.

“We also need to see schools represented in the war rooms and this is one of the speedy ways they can get their challenges addressed,” said Scott.

Member of the legislature’s education portfolio committee, Zibuse Mlaba said the programme is meant to ensure that schools run normally and teaching takes place from the first day, that challenges are addressed collectively and that results improve.

uMgungundlovu District Municipality mayor, Thobekile Maphumulo, said that despite the good results that they appreciate, they are ready to galvanise support for the schools visited so that their various challenges reported can be addressed speedily. - Supplied

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