THE education department has been bombarded with cries from pupils who desperately need learning rather than toyitoyiing in the streets to voice their grievances. The marginalisation of public schools is apparent.
It is time that the parents with the pupils should unite with the school governing bodies, thus including the teachers, to find feasible solutions by addressing these matters in due course since we are on the verge of pupils writing the final exams.
The pupils of Nathaniel Nyaluza High, one of the oldest schools in the Grahamstown township with great history behind it, last month had to resort to an "action plan" by marching into the department of education offices to raise issues pertinent to their environment, something which at this point in our democracy is not supposed to be happening in this country.
Since the advent of our democracy in 1994, little or no change has been felt by children still attending schools in the township and the surrounding rural areas, and the circumstances seem to be deteriorating rather than getting better.
Grahamstown has prestigious academic institutions and private boarding schools, and on the opposite east side of the town, a sad atmosphere exists when you enter the public schools with no windows or doors, poor sanitation systems, inadequate infrastructure and lack of security measures, and most of all the maladministration by the education system. The lack of coordination measures between the schools and department of education has led to disruption of classes due to continuous marches.
The department has failed to deliver on its mandate and should rather appoint a private service provider that would promptly deliver the necessary resources and the teachers should concentrate on the classroom instead of concentrating on the administration of the schools.
A private organisation would be able to set up proper administration and management tools to apply the available resources adequately and efficiently to improve the quality of our education system, and also to address the issue of poor infrastructure. The body, in liaison with the school governing bodies, including the teachers, would determine resources to be applied for each school.
Sizwe Mda, Grahamstown