4 April 2016
Government welcomes the decision by the Limpopo Department of Education to close the Mpepule Primary School in Lephalale, Limpopo.
The decision to close the school was reached after it was discovered that the teachers and pupils at the school had been enduring a life of hardship, sleeping in classrooms as they had no scholar transport to take them home after school.
Acting Cabinet Spokesperson Phumla Williams, said; “the decision by the provincial department portrayed that government was living up to its obligation to protect the rights of children by providing them with an environment that is conducive for learning.”
“Government will ensure that the National Department of Basic Education will assist the provincial department with the necessary technical support in ensuring that the needs of all the learners are prioritized. We will ensure that the learners and teachers that have been transferred to other schools will be provided with the necessary support to ensure their safety and comfort in order for them to focus on learning and teaching,” said Williams.
Parents of the affected pupils are urged to work with the department in ensuring that all pupils are admitted in schools around the Shongoane area. All parents and guardians have a duty to make certain that their children receive a suitable full-time education. Government remains committed to maintain the safety of children in a learning environment.
Phumla Williams – Acting Cabinet Spokesperson
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