18 January 2013
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.
Contact: IFP Spokesperson on Education, Hon
Alfred Mpontshane, 083 441 6201
IFP Parliamentary Caucus Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675