Overcrowding affects classes at Vaaltyn school

​The Democratic Alliance said it is concerned after the North West Department of Education has ignored recommendations aimed at improving access to education for the learners of Seoleseng Middle School in Vaaltyn village in the Greater Taung Municipality. 

The Portfolio Committee on Education recommended to the department that Seoleseng Middle School should be provided with mobile classes to address the acute shortage of classrooms at the school.

DA provincial spokesperson on Education, Dr Tutu Faleni said they found out that more than hundred of learners crammed in one classroom during an oversight visit to the school on Tuesday.

“The DA was informed that the more than 100 learners were actually grade 8 and 9 learners who due to lack of classroom, had to be accommodated in one classroom. 

“Two teachers are compelled by the unacceptable circumstances to deliver lessons to two grades under one roof,” he said.

Faleni further said they also concerned that 138 learners are transported in one bus to the school. He said they were appalled that the lives of the learners are at risk due to the refusal of the department to heed the recommendations of the Portfolio Committee. 

“It was brought to the attention of the DA that more than two hundred learners use two toilets which were unhygienic and in a state of disrepair. 

“The DA is of the view that the bad conditions of teaching and learning at Seoleseng Middle School are a violation of the learners’ constitutional right to education,” he said.

Faleni added: “We will write to the MEC for Education and urge him to implement the recommendations of the Portfolio Committee on Education which were meant to improve the conditions of teaching and learning for learners at Seoleseng Middle School.”



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