School in dire straits

2019-06-12 06:02
The two classrooms at eLangeni Primary are used by over 200 pupils.photos: SUPPLIED

The two classrooms at eLangeni Primary are used by over 200 pupils.photos: SUPPLIED

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POOR learning conditions and overcrowding in classes at eLangeni Primary in Muden, outside Greytown, have forced parents to appeal for donations from local businesses to expand the school.

The school has an enrolment of 226 pupils this year and, according to parents and teachers, the numbers are increasing every year. This has resulted in a need to have more classrooms and toilets to accommodate the new pupils.

The school has four parkhome modular units and two classrooms which are shared by Grade R, Grade 7 and Grade 8 pupils.

Chairperson of the SGB, Nestar Mchunu, told the Gazette that the parkhomes being used as classrooms are leaking.

“When it rains we have to send pupils back to their homes. This does not only affect the school; teachers are struggling to teach children under these conditions.

“The two classrooms that were built by the community, one made of corrugated iron and the other with bricks, are unable to accommodate the number of pupils at the school.

“There are two toilets at the school used by teachers and pupils,” Mchunu said, adding: “The roofs of the two toilets were destroyed during heavy storms in 2010.”

She said the school needs seven additional classrooms, a staffroom for teachers, and a kitchen.

At the moment, the school has 13 staff members.

“We don’t have proper infrastructure. The area we use to prepare food for the children in is a big concern. The women assisting at the school are forced to cook in an open space as there is no proper kitchen.

“We would also appreciate a donation of outdoor equipment such as painted tyres or material to build a jungle gym,” Mchunu added.

She added that teachers make time for extramural activities for the pupils, saying: “Our main problem is that we do not have the correct sports gear for the sports codes we offer at our school. This results in our pupils losing confidence on the field when they play against other schools. They don’t have kits,” Mchunu added.

Spokesperson for the KZN Department of Education Sihle Mlotshwa said: “We have asked the district office to compile a comprehensive report about the matter.”

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