The alarm bells are ringing

2010-10-02 15:23

 I would like thank the ­leaders of the so-called former KwaNdebele ­bantustan for making me and others what we are today.

The homeland systems were demonic and devilish, but I ­never ever in my life went to a school like Sidanda Senior ­Primary School (City Press September 19).

I never had to go through what learners at Rwantsana ­Junior Secondary School and ­Nomkolokoto Junior Secondary School are experiencing.

The straw that finally broke the camel’s back for me was the Eastern Cape education’s ­department’s failure to pay for the tents used as temporary structures.

The steel pegs sticking out all over the school are a danger.

We cannot blame apartheid for this.

Let’s be realistic.

The schools in question were damaged last year and almost a year later, they had not been ­repaired. Why? I imagine learners writing their exams lying on the grass, their books pressed against the uneven earth.

No, people! You have to do something in the Eastern Cape.

Should President Jacob Zuma descend from the Union ­Buildings in Pretoria to assess the damage, decide to start ­rebuilding, dig foundations and build the schools ­personally?

Officials will say the repair of the schools is a priority and is in the pipeline. But how long is this line of pipes, or are they ­referring to a pipe dream?

For how long are you going to work on Nomkolokoto’s ­problems?

The Department of Education receives a budget. Is there ­money set aside for building schools?

During my days at Emthonjeni Primary, eMthunzini Higher Primary, Entokozweni Junior Secondary and, lastly, Mafu High School – all in ­Kwaggafontein between 1981 and 1992 during the dark days of apartheid – I drank tap water, except for a few days when the taps ran dry because of a burst water pipe.

I know some people may say blacks are failing, but the ­executors of the homeland ­systems were black.

Companies tendered for jobs to build schools and they were built and delivered on time, and they were quality schools.

That is why they are still standing strong today.

Poverty was the order of the day for some of us and we did not get food at school, but we had desks, safe buildings and water.

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