A story by Sowetan, revealing the appalling conditions that learners at Mpepule Primary School have been subjected to, has shocked South Africans and called for swift action from government.
702's John Robbie spoke to Limpopo MEC for Education, Ishmael Kgetjepe, regarding the issue.
Listen to the interview below:
The school was never intended to be a boarding school because there are no boarding facilities there.— Ishamel Kgetjepe, Limpopo education MEC
In that farm area, there are not less than 20 children in the school. According to the parents, due to their frustrations with the other schools, they decided to take their children to this school.— Ishmael Kgetjepe, Limpopo education MEC
Essentially, this school will not survive. It is not meant to teach learners from Grade R to Grade 7 with 5 educators and 142 learners.— Ishamel Kgetjepe, Limpopo education MEC
Since 2014, there has been a process of merging schools in the department, those schools that arent viable. There has been a lot of discussion with the communities— Ishmael Kgetjepe, Limpopo education MEC