Pupils learn outside

2018-05-25 06:01
Teachers conduct classes with pupils on Dewet Street.PHOTO: Supplied

Teachers conduct classes with pupils on Dewet Street.PHOTO: Supplied

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PUPILS from G.I. Primary School in Cedarville were seen basking in the sun during school hours as they attended their classes out on the street on Wednesday.

The move, which shocked community members was initiated by teachers from the school,who after a long wait for the department to renovate the school, resolved to stop teaching pupils in dilapidated classrooms.

The school, which has 630 pupils from Grade R to 7 has been a concern for the community for years.

The 630 pupils all share three toilet facilities while the 18 staff members shared two. Also, pupils from Grade R, Grade 1B, Grade 3A and Grade 3B were taught in prefab classrooms bought by the school many years ago, while Grade 4 and 5 pupils were taught in a house donated by the Griqua Church.

A teacher from the school who asked to remain anonymous said that Government sponsored permanent structures at the school were used as staff administrative offices as well as for some of the other classrooms.

“The prefab classrooms have broken walls, floors and windows and it is hard for pupils and teachers to operate under such circumstances.

There was once a pupil who was forced to use crutches after falling into the caved floors of one of those classrooms. On cold and rainy days things get even worse for the school,” said the teacher.

The school governing body chairperson, Sibusiso Dlamini confirmed that pupils were taught outside on Wednesday and they have been asking Government to build a new school.

Dlamini said that the school also had one tap for all the pupils and staff water needs and even so, it sometimes did not have running water.

“When we don’t have water, pupils are released early to go home. There is only one cleaner in the school and when she is not working, pupils clean the school which is not right,” said Dlamini. Dlamini blamed Government for failing to fill four vacant positions for teachers which have remained unfilled for years.

The school principal refused to give comment saying that he was not aware of what happened on Wednesday because he was on leave and the HOD declined to comment stating that it was not in his jurisdiction to address media enquiries. The Department of Education Alfred Nzo district director, Lungelo Mthatyana had not responded to several calls and text message sent to him for comment at the time of going to print.

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