Shelve chores and let kids study, Limpopo MEC urges parents

2016-10-17 17:25


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Malamulele - Limpopo Education MEC Ishmail Kgetjepe has urged parents to give their children time to study, instead of expecting them to perform daily household chores.

He was speaking at a provincial imbizo held in Mudavula stadium outside Malamulele on Friday.

"We humbly request that you as parents give our learners time to study. If a child goes to boreholes and gets water, when he or she comes back they are tired and sleep without studying," said Kgetjepe.

The MEC bemoaned the practice among many parents of giving children a lot of work at home, including washing dishes, cleaning and fetching water from boreholes. He said it was of particular importance to give them time to study now, as there was only one week left until exams.

During his address, Kgetjepe also spoke about challenges facing the department.

He said the department had to provide free scholar transport to pupils who travelled 5km or more to school.

R20bn to fix schools

Kgetjepe also said the department had an infrastructure backlog and needed R20bn to build and refurbish all schools in the province. This did not include those intentionally damaged during rioting and incidents of arson in Vuwani and surrounding areas, which needed an extra R500m to be rebuilt.

"As the department, we have a backlog in terms of infrastructure. We have visited all schools and most have buildings built a long time ago, and just need to be refurbished.

“We are in need of R20bn to fix all the schools, not including those damaged in Vuwani area during the shutdown. There we ask all the stakeholders, especially the business community to help us to raise these funds," he said.

Kgetjepe said he had visited Tlangelani High School on the request of parents and promised to refurbish the historic school, which was built in 1923. He described the conditions as unacceptable.

Twelve schools were burned in the Malamulele area during a wave of political unrest sparked by the merging of Malamulele, Vuwani and Hlanganani to form one municipality. Twenty-nine schools were burned in the Vuwani area.

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