The provision of school infrastructure should top the agenda at the Limpopo government’s Education Indaba, scheduled to take place in Polokwane on Thursday. This is according to parents and learners at the overcrowded Khudugane Secondary School at Wholesale village outside Modjadjiskloof.
The Indaba aims to interrogate the factors that led to Limpopo’s matric class of 2021, ranking last and it being the only province that failed to reach the seventy-percent pass rate.
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The school was built by the community in 1998 and it has enrolled over 700 learners. With seven classrooms, and two community-built structures that are being used as a staff room and a classroom.
Learners want the government to intervene in the situation at their school.
Grade 12 learner Mpho Seshoka says, “It is not easy for us to study while there is a lack of classes like laboratory while we are doing sciences.”
Khudugane’s matric pass rate dropped to 55% last year, from 81% in 2019.
Parents are worried that there will be a further decline this year if the infrastructure is not improved.
Parent Mpho Lephale says, “Firstly we need some classes, secondly, they need to hire more teachers so that our children should get enough education, thirdly there are not enough desks here at the school and some of them are sitting on the bucket.”
Parent Maria Chause says, “Last year’s results were very disappointing and I believe it’s because there is not enough classrooms here, I worry that even this year they won’t perform well because they are still using the rotational timetable.”
The school governing body is hopeful that the education indaba will find ways to source funds for school infrastructure.
School governing body Navela Ngobeni says, “From 1998 until now we have only one block from the government, the other block is from the community, so if we can get help from the department we would appreciate that.”
The Indaba will be held under the theme ‘Moving Limpopo towards Educational Excellence’.