Pupils at Ennderdale school stay way because of infrastructure problems

Parents at Ennerdale Secondary School in Johannesburg have told News24 that they’re worried about the safety of their children because a walkway connecting two blocks appears unstable, and vibrates when they use it.

As a result, parents have resorted keeping many of their kids at home.

Chair of the School Governing Body Delpine Botha says the problem was escalated with the Department of Education in 2016 and while engineers were sent to evaluate the state of the walkway and general building, the matter has yet to be resolved.

The last time we spoke to our IDFO circuit manager and from district level, they sent us to the head office. They said their hands are tied and there is nothing they can do, that was in February.

Delpine Botha, Chair - School Governing Body at Ennerdale Secondary

We decided to shut down the school since the incident at Driehook. We have copies of all the emails, proof of submissions and telephone calls.

Delpine Botha, Chair - School Governing Body at Ennerdale Secondary

Botha says of 1 322 pupils, they can only accommodate the matriculants because 21 classes, as well as the two blocks affected, have been declared a danger zone.

On the 21st of February we went to the head office to hand over our memorandum to the chief of staff in the absence of Panyaza Lesufi.

Delpine Botha, Chair - School Governing Body at Ennerdale Secondary

As far as the infrastructure, nothing happened. We had a meeting with them and the acting director, Mr Mashudu promised us that they are going to use the weekend of the 24th and 25th to put props in place to keep the walkways from collapsing, until they appoint a contractor. That never happened.

Delpine Botha, Chair - School Government Body at Ennerdale Secondary

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