A FACE-LIFT is on the cards for a dilapidated primary school in Uitenhage, teachers and parents heard yesterday.
Members of Bhisho’s standing committee on education yesterday visited Jubilee Park Primary School, where they promised the woes of the school’s plank classrooms would be a thing of the past.
Standing committee chairman Mzoleli Mrara and chief whip Christian Martin highlighted government’s commitment to building new classrooms and erecting a boundary fence.
Mrara, who visited the school for the second time since October, said the situation at Jubilee was unacceptable.
Some classrooms had no electricity and there were holes in the roof, making it impossible to work.
“I have noted it’s like night time on days when it is overcast and this is unacceptable,” he said.
“There is no fence at this school, and I know it is difficult to control discipline and the school is vulnerable to thugs,” he said.
He said Jubilee Park Primary would be on the education department’s priority list.
“It is our responsibility to restore dignity to this school and I am committing myself to ensuring new classrooms are built.”
Jubilee Park Primary principal Lorna Basuman said 20 new classrooms were needed, including a science laboratory and a library.
Former principal Hamilton Peterson said pupils had suffered over the years.
“In winter water comes into the classrooms.
“The place was even named a health hazard by health department officials and the municipality,” he said.
The committee addressed the Chatty Greenfields community in Booysen Park on plans for the establishment of a mobile classroom.
Mrara said work on a plot for a mobile school would begin next week.
He said 275 children who were idling at home because of a shortage of schools in Chatty Greenfields had been registered as part of a plan to establish a mobile school in the area.
The children, predominantly from grades R to 2, will receive classes at the primary school by next quarter.
Mrara said: “Every child must go to school because we are building the future.”
He pleaded with the community to look after the mobile school and the permanent school that was to be built next year.
source: The Weekend Post