Department to rebuild rural high school

2019-03-27 06:00
photo: suppliedCows sleep in front of the classrooms at Sisekelo Secondary.

photo: suppliedCows sleep in front of the classrooms at Sisekelo Secondary.

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FOLLOWING an article published in Greytown Gazette on March 13 about the poor conditions at Sisekelo Secondary near Muden, the Department of Education confirmed that a contractor has been appointed to resume construction work at the school soon.

The Gazette exposed the difficult learning and teaching conditions at the school last month. The school has an enrolment of over 140 pupils across multiple grades but teachers and pupils are forced to share four Parkhome Modular Units.

KZN spokesperson for the Department for Education, Sihle Mlotshwa, said the school has been earmarked for development.

“The school is new and the contractor has been appointed to start the process of construction.

“The contractor is going to be on site very soon,” the spokesperson said.

Parents of Grade 11 pupils who will be starting a new class next year raised concerns as the pupils will not have a classroom for their matric year.

When asked about the time-frame, Mlotshwa said the department has a plan for the Grade 11 pupils who will be going to Grade 12 next year. “I am sure the department has a plan which will be communicated in due course,” he said.

Principal of the school Lindiwe Gcabashe said the four Parkhome Modular Units were donated by the Department of Education in 2017.

“It’s the only high school that we have in the area of Mbalane. It was opened for the pupils coming from Lembethe Primary.

“We have no electricity, water and toilets. As teachers, we always find it difficult to work in the classrooms because we share the classrooms with many pupils.

“We do not have our own officers. When I need to do paperwork, I sit in my car.

“We fetch water from a water tanker that is also used by the community.

“We sometimes carry bucket and fetch water from Mpofane River, which is far from our school,” Gcabashe added.

“We really need the department to intervene in this matter”

Gcabashe said the district office has not yet contacted them to confirm if the construction work will start this year.


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