LIMPOPO and the Eastern Cape provinces always make headlines for all the wrong reasons as far as basic education is concerned. If it’s not pupils having to brave hostile weather while being taught under trees, it’s the mud schools or non-delivery of textbooks.
No wonder the two provinces ranked at the bottom of the barrel in the 2016 matric results, with the Eastern Cape being the lowest at 59.3% and Limpopo slightly above it at 62.5%.
Being taught in conditions such as some of these pupils are exposed to cannot be conducive to learning, and members of a community in Botlokwa, Limpopo have decided to take matters in their own hands, raising money to fix a school damaged by a storm seven years ago.
While these people should be lauded for stepping up, it is disappointing that the government has abdicated responsibility for these children’s right to education.
Multiple storms hit the Seale Secondary School over the past seven years and the community has tried to fix some of the classrooms.
But due to limited resources, children are still packed like sardines in classrooms while their parents try to raise more funds to add to the five classrooms they’ve got left – which are also in bad shape.
Whatever happened to service delivery?