Limpopo school opened despite being unfinished

2016-01-27 15:43


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Polokwane – Drilling and bricks being tossed into a wheelbarrow, instead of pens on paper and chalk scraping across blackboards, were the sounds being heard at a newly-opened Limpopo school this week.

The Mathews Phosa Secondary School in Senwabarwana outside Polokwane currently has one teacher and a principal. There is no furniture.

SA National Civic Organisation secretary Sannie Mannya said the department knew the school was unfinished, and that health and safety standards had not been complied with, yet went ahead and opened it for the first term this year.

The school has been under construction since 2014. At least 400 pupils had been enrolled. When schools re-opened for the first term recently, pupils received their learning materials.

Department spokesperson Naledzani Rasila said the school had not yet been declared safe and ready for occupation.

He said a meeting with parents was held on Monday, where it was decided to move the children to their previous school until construction was completed.

On Wednesday, however, some children were in the school. Others lingered outside.

Mannya said they did not understand what drove the department to open the school when it was still incomplete and had no resources.

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