by Safiyia Stanfley – DA Provincial Spokesperson on Education in the Northern Cape
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Date: 06 February 2018
I have today written to the chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Education, Sport, Arts & Culture to request that the committee conducts an oversight visit to Delportshoop.
Schooling at two schools in the area have been seriously affected by the Northern Cape Department of Education’s decision to send learners from the Dikgatlong Secondary School to the Delportshoop Gekombineerde School without first ensuring that all the necessary posts are filled and that the required infrastructure is in place.
Chaos has ensued and our learners are suffering. For example, due to the difference in subject choices between the two schools, senior learners from the Dikgatlong Secondary School are compelled to take subjects with which they are not familiar. This is especially unfair to the grade 12 learners who are expected to write their National Senior Certificate exams at the end of the year. It is absolutely unacceptable to negatively interfere with the academic success and future prospects of our senior learners in this way.
Other concerns include a lack of room and desks to accommodate all learners, too few educators to ensure appropriate class sizes as well as a lack of the learning and teaching material.
It is worrying to note that parents have now begun to threaten intimidation, physical violence and destruction of school property as a means of getting the department’s attention. As much as we understand that every parent want to ensure that their child gets a good quality of education, the Democratic Alliance simply cannot condone any incitement to violence. We urge parents, angry as they are, to remain responsible and to set an example to their children of how adults resolve problems. Please do not burn down a classroom because you want the department to know there are too few classrooms at the school.
As parents, as members of the portfolio committee and as leaders in our society, it is our responsibility to work together to avoid the escalation of the matter and to see to it that all of our learners receive a high quality of education.
DA Provincial Spokesperson on Education in the Northern Cape
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