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Plans To Reopen Some Schools In Limpopo Thrown Into Disarray Amid Water And Sanitation Chaos

MASHUDU SADIKE

WHILE some schools in Limpopo resumed to a smooth on Monday, most were left without toilets and running water.

About 500 000 learners were expected to resume their studies today after Basic Education Minister Angie Motshega announced last month.

At Mokgwibidu Primary school in Moletjie, gates remained closed because service providers had not delivered mobile toilets and water tanks had arrived but had no water.

Saviour Association of School Governing (SASGB) bodies chairperson, Caiphas Mashutla, who had been at the school, maintained that the resumption of schools was premature.

“There so many challenges including teachers who are over 60 and have chronic illnesses who are still expected to teach. It also does not make sense that children must attend schools once a week. When the child comes back they have forgotten what they learnt the previous week. It defeats the purpose. This is just a way of government to solicit tenders,” Mashutla said.

He said that today proved that schools should just be closed and government concede that the year was lost and start preparing for 2021.

A principal at Mphetsebe High school in Badimong, outside Mentz, John Rapudi also said after a meeting with parents last week the resumption of schools was well underway but was concerned with overcrowding when the other grades came back.

“PPEs have been delivered but we are going to have a problem when Grade 10s return as we will not be able to manage ‘social distancing’.

Congress of South African Students (COSAS) chairperson in the province, Ntwanano Ngobeni, said that the student movement had monitored five schools in Mopani and had found them to be in compliance but warned that those schools that only comply only for now because there would be monitoring by various institutions, would be monitored.

“These schools must not only do things properly because the schools are opening today. They must implement it everyday,” Ngobeni said.

Ngobeni said that after consulting their constituency they felt happy that everything was smooth sailing.

Limpopo Department of education spokesperson, Tidimalo Chuene said they were still waiting for reports from District Directors but they had not had any complaints by Monday.

(Compiled by Inside Education staff)

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