No wa­ter, so classes halted

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - TE­BOGO MONAMA te­bogo.monama@inl.co.za

PUPILS at Or­monde Primary School have not been at­tend­ing classes this week be­cause their school again does not have any wa­ter.

Thandi Mabuza, whose grand­child is in Grade 2, said: “The school told us there is no wa­ter and the chil­dren must stay home.” She said they were not in­formed when the pupils can come back to school.

Pupils at the school were sent home again be­cause a con­trac­tor did not de­liver wa­ter tankers. DA Gaut­eng ed­u­ca­tion spokesper­son Khume Ra­mulifho claims the school re­ceives wa­ter from an il­le­gal con­nec­tion. “It is dis­turb­ing to dis­cover that the de­part­ment is mak­ing use of an il­le­gal con­nec­tion to sup­ply wa­ter. All of those in­volved must be held to ac­count.”

Ra­mulifho said Ed­u­ca­tion MEC Panyaza Le­sufi “seems to en­joy cut­ting rib­bons more than ad­dress­ing the lack of ba­sic ser­vices faced by many schools across the prov­ince”. He added: “The ba­sics must be put right first, then the photo-ops can fol­low. MEC Le­sufi has a duty to en­sure ba­sic ser­vices are pro­vided to all schools in the prov­ince.”

The Gaut­eng De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion did not re­spond to en­quiries.

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