SABC News - Spotlight on Limpopo education crisis as Human Rights Day approaches:Sunday 20 March 2016

Spotlight on Limpopo education crisis as Human Rights Day approaches

Sunday 20 March 2016 15:44

Pimani Baloyi

Learners across various schools in Limpopo say they are still struggling as they don’t have textbooks.(SABC)

As the country commemorates Human Rights Day on Monday, the Human Rights Commission in Limpopo says more should be done to improve access to education in the province.

The education sector in the province faces challenges that include a shortage of teachers and learning material as well as dilapidated and insufficient infrastructure.

The province has seen several protests by various communities calling for better schooling services.

Some learners in Limpopo say their constitutional right to free basic education is being violated due to the shortages of resources, infrastructure and teachers.

Since the beginning of the year, SABC News has highlighted these challenges across various schools.

Learners at Sekete High School, in Moletjie outside Polokwane, say they need a new school.

Since 2011, the school has been accommodated at a local primary school.

“We don't have educators, we don't have furniture and we don't have a school. We need a building where we can have school. We have our area there where we need a school built, but they keep promising that they will build the school and they don't fulfil their promise. We really need this school, we really need help,” says one angry learner.

Another plea is from the SDW Nxumalo Secondary School at Nghomunghomu village, in Malamulele, which first opened its gates in 2014.

Grade eight learners say they don't have textbooks, while grades10 and 11 learners have to share textbooks. Grade 12 learners are the worst affected.

Section 27 says the shortage of textbooks is a violation of learners' human rights...

Human Rights organisation, Section 27, last week visited several schools in Limpopo to assess the availability of textbooks at schools.

The organisation will release a report on the state of the delivery of textbooks to some schools in the province.  

Section 27 representative, Butho Mpofu, says the shortage of textbooks is a violation of learners' human rights.

“Well unfortunately there are still a lot of textbook shortages at the moment. We have a preliminary report that is going to come out about textbook shortages which is going to show that it is more than just about learner migration,” says Mpofu.

Human Rights Commission Limpopo Manager, Victor Mavhidula, says government needs to act soon to prevent incidents that could endanger learner the lives of learners.

Limpopo Education spokesperson, Naledzani Rasila, says the department has programmes in place to ensure that all learners access education.

“The department has got plans to close the gaps. It would be very surprising for a principal of a school to still be teaching without books now when the department has started with the distribution of books plan last year,” says Rasila.

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