The Democratic Alliance (DA) will write to the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, to provide temporary mobile classrooms as an interim measure at Thabakhibidu Primary School in Rooiberg , Thabazimbi where over 57 learners share one classroom due to a lack of infrastructure to accommodate these learners.
In a written reply to the DA, the Basic Education Department has indicated that learners in grade 1, 4, 5 and 6 are experiencing overcrowding where 55, 53, 57 and 54 learners are forced to share one classroom per grade respectively.
The DA noted the learners’ predicament during a massive door-to-door campaign in the village where many parents highlighted the challenges faced by their children at this school.
The school has 340 learners and eight permanent educators with only eight classrooms. The school was previously used as offices for the local mine.
Furthermore, these learners do not have enough resources such as chairs and desks.
Overcrowding in classrooms at this school is unacceptable as it contravenes the department’s learner-to-educator ratio (LER ) which clearly states that no more than 40 learners per classroom is allowed.
By failing to provide adequate infrastructure and resources, the department is infringing upon the Constitutional rights of our learners.
Although we welcome the fact that funding has been sourced from the donor to build a proper school, after continued pressure by the DA, we urge Minister Motshekga to adhere to our plea and provide mobile classrooms with immediate effect.
The DA will further engage the Provincial Department to provide additional resources to ensure that our learners get quality education that they deserve