During an oversight visit to Laerskool Ebenhaeser in Krugersdorp West, Alan Fuchs, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Infrastructure Development, noticed that the school had severe structural damage that could endanger the learners. “The school is in a poor area and only a small number of the learners are able to pay school fees,” said Fuchs. “The district office of the Education Department has not been helpful in addressing these issues and has shrugged off requests for help over a number of years.”
He highlighted the following issues:
• Large parts of the corrugated iron (zinc) roof are perished and leaking rain water has caused supporting struts to rust and ceilings to collapse. The school continuously “patches” the roof at its own cost, but is losing the battle.
• The condition of the electrical wiring is such that it is has become dangerous. A consulting electrician has referred to the situation as “ticking time-bomb” and a “fire hazard”.
• Hard surfaces at the school, among them a slasto quadrangle and some paving, have become worn, uneven and broken. This is a safety hazard as people fall and severe injuries can result.
The school is forced to do fund-raising in order to supplement the allocations made by the Education Department and it is a struggle to make ends meet.
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“Besides the infrastructure problems, there are a number of redundant computers that are unnecessarily taking up space in a computer room. The computer facility hasn’t been in working order for a number of years. Surely it would make sense to upgrade the computers and to get the facility in working order so that the learners can benefit from access to ICT and the Internet.”
The DA has requested the Education Department to evaluate the situation as a matter of urgency.The News has contacted the Education Department and is awaiting feedback.
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