DOE accused of gambling with pupils’ lives

Marburg Secondary pupils Asanda Ngubane and Intle Bebula.

ACCORDING to some teachers, scholar transportation as well as some education policies still required urgent attention from the Department of Education (DOE).

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Teachers from various schools were speaking to members of the Provincial Legislature, joined by DOE officials, at Uvongo Town Hall last Friday.

The visit was part of a process from the legislature to determine whether or not schools are functioning properly.

Ray Nkonyeni Municipality councillor, Musawupheli Koli told officials that promises alone were not good enough. He pleaded with the departments to implement the outcomes of the meeting.

He stressed the importance of school transportation and road infrastructure for pupils.

Trevor Ncayiyana, Ashley Govender and Lisakhanya Dlikilili of Marburg Secondary.

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“The issue of oMalume (bakkies carrying schoolchildren), needs to be addressed swiftly, as well as bad roads leading to these schools.”

He also said the department of transport was gambling with children’s lives as some of these Malumes do not have driver’s licences and passenger driving permits, especially at rural schools.

Snothando Nhlumayo, Mdu Tembe and Andisiwe Nhlumayo.

“There are still children who walk very long distances on foot to school,” Cllr Koli added.

Meanwhile, water and sanitation problems in rural schools were also raised by some teachers.

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In response, Ugu Speaker Ntombifikile Gumede, admitted that there were shortfalls in the schools’ sanitation systems.

She urged school principals to apply for water for their schools and also admitted that their efforts to issue free water to schools had failed.

However she said arrangements could be made with Ugu, especially with schools that have water tanks.

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