The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng is demanding that the Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, ensures that teaching and learning resume tomorrow without further interruptions at Sediba sa Thutho Primary School in Mamelodi East, Tshwane.
There has been no schooling at this school since May because the parents have shut down the school due to overcrowding in classrooms.
The parents had requested additional mobile classrooms to ease overcrowding as there are 74 learners per classroom. Most of the mobile classrooms are broken and pose a safety risk for both learners and teachers.
MEC Lesufi has had enough time to ensure that all the much-needed resources are provided to this school during the school holiday.
These learners have been lingering at home for far too long and have been denied their right to access basic education.
It is the responsibility of the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) to provide adequate resources to this school and ensure a conducive environment for teaching and learning.
The DA will continue to hold MEC Lesufi to account for failing to provide learning and teaching resources at this school and for depriving these learners of their constitutional right to education.
The more these learners continue to miss months of schooling, the more they will fall prey to unproductive activities in their community.
No learner must be deprived of their right to access basic education. The DA will continue to fight to ensure schooling resumes without further delays at Sediba sa Thuto Primary School.