Parents close down Kayeka school

2018-04-27 06:00
PHOTOS: suppliedThe Kayeka Primary School gate was closed by community members.

PHOTOS: suppliedThe Kayeka Primary School gate was closed by community members.

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KAYEKA Primary School in Umzimkhuluthe remains closed after parents and community members refused to allow their children and teachers into the school, on March 22, due to its dilapidated state. The parents demanded that the government provide a new building for the school, along with toilets and furniture.

The school building, which houses about 321 pupils from Grade R to Grade 7, is made of mud structures which were built in 1989. Residents complain that the structures are falling apart.

“We don’t want these old classrooms to fall on top of our children. The school has broken windows and doors, which allow the wind to get in,” said parent Vuyo Tsheleza.

She said the school also has a shortage of classrooms and some pupils were crammed in one classroom.

To overcome the shortage of classrooms, Department of Education Harry Gwala district director Sindi Zakusa-Njakazi said the government will provide five mobile classrooms as an interim measure while the proper infrastructure is in the process of being built. No information was given as to when the mobile classrooms will be erected.

She said that on March 27, officials from the Department of Education visited the school and parents agreed to open the school.

“When the school was opened after the Easter holidays, parents refused to allow the pupils and teachers to enter the school, as agreed upon. A surveyor was sent to conduct a feasibility study at the school,” she said.

She said when the construction of the school is in process, the department will provide mobile classrooms. She said the department is worried about pupils who are missing out on their education during the closure. Harry Gwala District Economic Freedom Fighters member Linda Mbele visited the school last week and called for the government to intervene because the condition of the school is “horrible”. He said it is a shame that a school without proper infrastructure exists in a democratic country.


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