Department of Education announces it will refurbish Mohokone Primary in 2023/4
Frank Itswene, principal of Mohokone Primary School in Ga-Kgapane village, says the roof of his school is a constant worry for him. He advocated for a new building with the district education office in Mopani, Limpopo, but received no support.
The rusty and leaky roof has broken wooden trusses. The ceiling of a mobile classroom, delivered in 2012, collapses above the learners – an imminent accident.
“It’s not safe at all. Learners are always afraid of the structure falling on them,” says Eddie Machete, chairman of the school’s governing board (SGB).
The school, located in a poor area of Mohokone in the municipality of Greater Letaba, was built by the community in the 1980s. The community has long hoped that the provincial government will build them a real school.
According to the Basic Education Department’s master sheet, the school has 260 learners and eight educators. Different classes share overcrowded classrooms.
GroundUp reported on the state of pit toilets at school. New toilets are still under construction.
Machete says a series of education MECs have let learners down, but he hopes the newly appointed Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya will come and see the state of the school for herself.
Lerule-Ramakhanya replaced Polly Boshielo, who was seen as failing to improve infrastructure in schools across the province.
Mike Maringa, spokesman for the new MEC, said the department was “aware of the infrastructure challenges at Mohokone Primary.” Maringa said it was one of the schools slated for upgrading in the 2023/4 financial year. Classrooms will be renovated and new classrooms, a small administrative block and a nutrition center will be built.
Limpopo Department of Employment and Labor spokesman Lerato Mashamba said inspectors would be sent to check whether the school was following safety rules. The department has closed school buildings that do not meet occupational health standards. Ratšeke Primary School was partially closed by inspectors.
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South Africa: The roof of this primary school is an accident waiting to happen
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