Stormy ed­u­ca­tion

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

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?

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