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.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.