Department will look into 'brick chair' school

2015-06-11 21:09
(Pictures courtesy of Ridge Times Newspaper)

(Pictures courtesy of Ridge Times Newspaper)

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Johannesburg - The Mpumalanga department of education will look into the situation at Roodebank Combined School, near eMbalenhle, after a report said pupils had to use bricks as chairs.

A report by the local Ridge Times newspaper said the pupils complained they were suffering from back problems as a result of sitting on bricks during lessons.

The school, which accommodates pupils from Grade 1 to 9, also reportedly had broken windows, toilets without doors and a shortage of textbooks.

Department spokesperson Jasper Zwane told News24 that the department had committed R100m in the province to ensure that pupils had desks and chairs.

"We will go there to see the situation," he said.

Zwane said however the issue of windows and doors was an exaggeration.

"In relation to that issue, every school receives a maintenance budget. The SGB [school governing body] is in a position to do basic maintenance," he said.

"The SGB should look into that matter. We will check with the SGB and advise accordingly."

Zwane said all schools had sufficient textbooks.

"We procured the textbooks in November, and in January we asked all the principals from the schools if they had any outstanding textbooks," he said.

"Every learner should have a textbook, a desk, a chair and a qualified teacher. That is what we are trying to do as a province."

The Democratic Alliance in the province said it was shocked that 21 years into democracy there were still children whose education was compromised by a "lack of decent furniture".

"The situation at the school is not conducive for learning and grossly undermines the learner’s basic right to a decent education. No learner should have to be educated in an unsafe environment that compromises their safety as well as their ability to succeed," it said in a statement.

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