18 January 2013

South Africa: Parents Should Not Have to Equip Schools With Desks and Chairs

press release

It has been reported that the parents of learners at Matjeni Senior Secondary School in Tonga, Mpumalanga are having to collect donations in order to buy tables and chairs for their children because they are currently using tins and stones as desks in their classrooms.

IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mr Alfred Mpontshane MP said, "This situation is a clear indication of failure of the Department of Education in Mpumalanga in particular and the ANC led-government in general. It also shows that the education department is clearly not serious about the future of our learners or about improving learning conditions currently in place at our schools. How does one even use a tin or a stone as a desk? This is shocking! After 18 years of democracy one would think such conditions do not exist. This is a very sad indictment on the failure of this government."

"As the IFP we believe that all institutions of learning must be adequately and appropriately resourced in order to create the conducive environments required to assist our learners with their core task; namely, that of learning. The Department expects good performances from learners, but it fails them at every turn," said Mpontshane.

The IFP calls on the MEC of the Department of Education in Mpumalanga, Reginah Mhaule to urgently equip these schools. Furthermore, we call upon the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga to closely follow this matter and ensure that these schools are adequately resourced.

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