Class overcrowding crisis in KZN

2013-02-12 11:33

Durban - Overcrowding at some KwaZulu-Natal schools is so bad, some have more than 90 pupils in some classes, The Witness reported on Monday.

Education MEC Senzo Mchunu said in a reply to a question in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature that R2.4bn would be spent on upgrading infrastructure at schools.

Democratic Alliance MPP Tom Stokes said quality learning remained out of reach for many pupils, with 670 000 being taught in classes of more than 55.

The DA found 42 schools had more than 90 pupils per class. A total of 254 schools had an average size class above 60. In 934 schools the average class size was 55 and above. A total of 680 schools had more than 40 pupils per class.

Also 13 schools had no classrooms, affecting 2 134 pupils. There were schools that needed up to 18 classrooms to cope with overcrowding.

Stokes said with these conditions there would be little meaningful interaction between teachers and children.

"There can be little hope of expectation of a genuine increase in exam results and very little teaching can take place," he was quoted as saying by The Witness.

Education head Nkosinathi Sishi blamed migration from rural to urban areas for the overcrowding.

The department said it was trying to deal with the infrastructure backlog by upgrading and building new schools.

  • bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-12 11:50

    The housing minister should ensure that classrooms are made bigger. Perhaps introduce auditoriums?

      pws69 - 2013-02-12 12:20

      Research the most effective teacher/learner ratio. ***just shaking my head in complete disbelief. ANC OBE was really successful - for the ANC***

      bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-12 12:37

      Why does this work in varsities but not in schools. It is the same concept. The housing minister needs to take accountability for once

      derek.heerden - 2013-02-12 14:55

      Bafana - this on the surface seems like a good idea - you're right it works at universities and may well work for the higher classes - grades 11&12? But for younger learners there really isn't a substitute for direct contact between learner and teacher which is impossible to achieve in large classes

      bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-12 16:16

      I would not want my child to have direct contact with a teacher, why promote this bike act?

  • pws69 - 2013-02-12 12:08

    Let them have their classes at Nkandla. Plenty of space, great security, astroturf soccer pitches etc, etc. Problem solved. I is worth noting that we could have built 6 schools for the price of Nkandla - to date. You get the government you vote for.

  • nishal.singh.758 - 2013-02-12 12:10

    Control the population by limiting the number of kids a woman can have and I guarantee 99% of this countries problems will be solved in the next 20 years. Its high time the traditional retarded mentality of having as many kids as you can to 'boost your ego' while earning minimum wage, is done away with. Its takes a real man to raise a child, not have them. Its sad but its reaching the point where someone has to think for the masses, coz they clearly cant think for themselves.

      owen.walker.7165 - 2013-02-12 13:56

      So long as the government hands out child grants to any women then we will have plenty of babies. One of our employees is on baby #5 and wants 2 more. Then her child grants will give her about R10k pm, plus her weekly wage. In 2022 we run out of money to pay the grants unless we have +20% inflation.

  • pws69 - 2013-02-12 12:11

    This also explains why the GP Sandton GDE district offices called all principals in and told them they WILL have 45 in a class, irrespective of what the LAW says. GP is in just as much trouble. Which then makes you wonder why the ANC closed over a dozen schools in Soweto alone in the last few months.

  • brian.connell.18 - 2013-02-12 12:27

    Why don't you rather spend the 2.4bn on birth control? The situation will get a lot worse if the people insist on breeding ......

  • yvonne.c.martin.71 - 2013-02-12 12:44

    Because Principals are not allowed to turn away pupils! More schools need to be built!

  • barack.ofama.3 - 2013-02-12 12:46

    Overcrowded class with mini-skirt clad pupils, wat an orgy.

  • larry.hannigan.7 - 2013-02-12 13:30

    R2.4Bn will be given to the MEC Senzo to upgrade classrooms. R100k will be spent on upgrading ONE classroom. R500k will be spent on a lavish party to comemorate the opening of this ONE upgraded classroom. In 8 months time the children will protest about textbooks not being delivered, and this ONE classroom will be burned down and the windows broken. The rest of the scholars in KZN will follow suit and riot. The DA will uncover that a small percentage of the R2.4Bn has been mis-spent. The ANC will then assemble and investigative commitee at the expense of us tax-payers to investigate where the money went. MEC Senzo will be placed on payed leave. he will be found half guilty and then become MEC of Agriculture in the Northern Cape. And the whole corrupt ANC wheel just keeps on turning....

  • johannes.masilo2 - 2013-02-12 13:33

    are we still talking about overcrowding and schooling under trees in 2013?.where is the budget for 2012/2013?..oh poor pupils i feel pity 4 them i wish i could do something about this

      derek.heerden - 2013-02-12 15:01

      Yes Johannes, I too feel pity for these pupils. It is a huge problem and there really aren't quick and easy solutions. One of the problems the way I see it isn't budget but political will - provincial education departments almost routinely underspend on their infrastructure budgets.

  • letlhatlhe - 2013-02-12 14:35

    If Zuma can have 20 children, why can't I. I'm Zulu after all and Msholozi will build more schools for me & I'll pass easily - 30% is not much is it. Let's not plan our families like our president. Viva ANC Viva!!!!!

  • normboolalor.scizaar - 2013-02-12 17:12

    Poor teachers! I feel sorry for them. 2 weeks ago I refused to have 50 kids in my class n so I had them split. Why r we not using UNIONs that we pay monthly to resolve these issue like I did. 90 kids!! Terrible! I'll die!!! How is one supposed to c each learners progress as we r expected to use our professional judgement @ the end of the day? To top it all get pressurised into producing the best results n being compared to schools which have only 27 learners in each class who get 1 on 1 attention?

  • lettie.mulder.7 - 2013-02-12 20:29

    How can a school have NO classrooms? What happened to it?

  • tusani.masoka - 2013-02-12 21:39

    To have more than 55 pupils & teach subjects like maths. Which has paper 1,2 & 3. It means u'll be marking scripts of abwt +/- 165. That's a milestone eish!

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