The state of Mashawana Primary School, located outside Malamulele in the Vhembe District, has raised concerns among community members and political parties.
The school, which currently has an enrollment of 125 learners and 4 educators in grades R to 7 as per Capricorn news, is facing challenges due to poor infrastructure and unsafe conditions.
According to the Department of Education spokesperson Matome Taueatsoala, the Department has responded to these concerns, stating that plans to merge the school with another were rejected by the school governing body.
“The Department of Education acknowledges that Mashawana Primary School is facing significant challenges. Some classrooms were destroyed by storms in 2017, while others are constructed from mud, posing safety risks to both students and teachers.,” Said Matome Taueatsoala.
The Economic Freedom Fighters in the province have warned that these conditions create an unconducive environment for learning.
In response to these concerns, the Department of Education has put the proposed merger on hold. “Instead, they plan to provide temporary mobile classrooms to address the immediate infrastructure needs of the school.” added Matome Taueatsoala.
“This will allow the school merger matter to be finalized while ensuring that students have a safe and suitable learning environment,” he added.
The community and parents of Mashawana Primary School have been vocal about their concerns, and it is crucial that their voices are heard. The Department of Education must prioritize the safety and well-being of students and teachers by addressing the infrastructure challenges at the school.
It is essential that all students have access to quality education in a safe and conducive environment.