by Khume Ramulifho MPL – DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education
The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) repeated pressure on Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi has yielded positive results as learners were moved into the new Nokuthula LSEN School on Monday last week from their old school in Marlboro which was situated in an unsafe warehouse.
The MEC has confirmed to the portfolio committee on Friday that learners have started relocating. This R300 million school which is situated in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg was officially “opened”‘ in October last year.
This state of the art school, designed for learners with special needs had been abandoned and left to gather dust for almost eleven months.
The DA has visited the school twice following its official opening.
We placed enormous pressure on the MEC in the Gauteng Legislature through the tabling of questions and member statements to speed up the process of moving learners to the new school.
This school is well equipped with all the necessary sporting codes, dormitories, classrooms and sick bays.
The DA will continue to put pressure on the Gauteng Department of Education to ensure that no school stands empty while learners remain in environments that are not conducive for teaching and learning.
Every learner deserves a safe schooling environment.
The DA has urged the MEC to forge strong relationship with municipalities to ensure that zoning, rezoning and plans approval process are properly done. This will speed up school infrastructure projects development.