The Democratic Alliance (DA) has made calls on the Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, to urgently fix the deteriorating and burnt down classrooms at Riverlea High School in Randburg.
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education, Khume Ramulifho MPL and the DA Joburg PR Councillor, Cllr McKinnley Mitchell said they this week conducted an oversight inspection at Riverlea High School.
Ramulifho and Mitchell said they were appalled to discover the terrible state of the school infrastructure.
“Eight classrooms were burnt down more than five years ago, and while the department has been aware of this for the entire time, they have failed to fix and restore them,” said Ramulifho.
Mitchell added that the school infrastructure is old and dilapidated and needs urgent attention.
“Failure by the Gauteng Department of Education to prioritise fixing school infrastructure is impacting negatively on learning and teaching.
“The school matric pass rate and the learner enrolment continue to drop every year due to a lack of adequate infrastructure and proper maintenance of the school,” said Mitchell.
According to the DA shadow MEC for education in the province, the school environment is dirty and has litter all over, while the bathrooms have water leakages on the floor, even though there are general workers paid to keep the school clean.
“The environment is not conducive for learning and teaching which greatly concerns the DA,” said Ramulifho.
Adding that safety and security are also a challenge at the school.
Ramulifho said the school has experienced several break-ins and burglaries where valuables were stolen.
“There is a lack of sufficient patrollers to safeguard the school. We want Lesufi to fix the school infrastructure. We also call for an intervention from the district offices to assist in ensuring that the school environment is conducive for learning and teaching and improve the school performance,” said Ramulifho.