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Learners face another winter in prefabs at Ugie school

May 25, 2018
Learners face another winter in prefabs at Ugie school

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape says it has taken the Eastern Cape Department of Education five years, since 2013, to get the design documents at 'an advanced stage' to make improvements to the rotten infrastructure of the ET Thabane Primary School in Ugie.

"The 2 000 pupils face another winter in prefab-classrooms with leaking roofs and holes in the walls.

"It is unacceptable that the school, built in the 1980s, has received no attention from the MEC for Education, Mandla Makupula," said Edmund van Vuuren (MPL), DA Eastern Cape Shadow MEC for Education.

"The MEC, his department and the ANC-led government must be held accountable for empty promises and failing the youth of this province."

Van Vuuren said that he visited the school in 2013, 2017, in March 2018 and again this month.  

"Since 2013, I have urged the MEC to intervene and assist on numerous occasions, to no avail," he described.

"In a response to a legislature question to the MEC, it was stated that the school is part of the Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (ASIDI) and 'has been affected by the delays in the programme'."  

Van Vuuren said that considering the poor track record of the ASIDI-programme in addressing the backlogs in fixing schools with inappropriate structures, it remains to be seen if the MEC’s claims that 'the high-level building programme' will be completed in January 2020. So far, there are no signs of any renovations taking place at the school.

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"I will continue to fight for the learners of ET Thabane and the community of Ugie.

"Learners cannot fully develop in chaotic and dysfunctional environments. Thousands of learners across the province have had to endure cruel and unsafe conditions in order to get an education," he described.