School infrastructure shocking - Section27

2013-02-13 21:59

Johannesburg - Poor infrastructure at a Limpopo school had resulted in rain damaging textbooks and pupils missing lessons, Section27 said on Wednesday.

"A few days earlier, at Jaji Secondary School, teachers and pupils held [up] umbrellas inside the classrooms while lessons were conducted," it said in a statement.

The organisation said it had found "shocking" infrastructure when one of its representatives visited the school, which is situated in the Vhembe district, last month.

The leaks had damaged textbooks, stationary and electronic equipment.

The rain also destroyed a small bridge, resulting in pupils, teachers and the principal not being able to get to the school.

The Limpopo education department accused Section27 of "grandstanding".

"It is unfortunate that Section27 decided to grandstand and declare themselves champions of service delivery in our schools," said spokesperson Pat Kgomo.

"We welcome their continuous engagements with us, but not to the extent of them overstating their importance over the department."

Kgomo said the infrastructure at Jaji and other schools was being addressed.

The public works department had been asked to help refurbish five leaking classroom blocks at Jaji.

"The refurbishments will be completed by the end of the month.

"We have also engaged the CSIR [Council for Scientific and Industrial Research] to build extra toilets at the school."

Section27 said it would hold a media briefing on Thursday about its findings at the school.

  • tommo.too - 2013-02-13 23:50

    What on earth is the CSIR building school toilets for? They are highly qualified scientists!

  • phae.rayden - 2013-02-14 03:01

    Pat Kgomo you arrogant obnoxious twit. Hang your head in shame for defending your departments ego and allowing the school to get into this state. Well done Section27, doing the work for government again. CSIR building toilets? Do you think you have your facts straight? If true, our scientists abilities might not being used to their full potential I would say.

      AceOfSpades - 2013-02-14 08:25

      Perhaps they are considering package plants. You need a scientist for that.

  • michael.jackwood - 2013-02-14 05:00

    You got to love section 27; this group will push education department to be serious about learners, it does not make sense that since 1994; there are still schools with no furnisher, learners overcrowded to about 100 in one classroom, during apartheid there was very effective public works department in Limpopo, this government abolished that department in former homelnds in favour of tenders system, so that so called consultants can claim 10% of every projethis country will not get anywhere if education infrustructure is being neglected year in year out.

  • merkwaardig - 2013-02-14 07:30

    CSIR to built toilets? About the level of science they do!

  • uzziphathele.tshabalala - 2013-02-14 08:17

    Thank u section27,now they(education department) trying to defend themselves,please don't destroy the future!!!

  • cynic.martian.3 - 2013-02-14 09:15

    Declaring education as an essential service means that teachers will not be allowed to strike, under threat of disciplinary hearings resulting in being fired or even jail terms. Maybe it is time that the same level of accountability be placed on education departments. How about disciplinary hearings resulting in being fired or even jail terms for infrastructure disrepair, missing text books, etc. (i.e. anything that stops a child from getting an education). Pat Kgomo should be the first 'example' to be made of this...

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