The constituency period for January 2015 saw Ms Cheryl Dudley of the African Christian Democratic Party visiting schools in the Ravensmead area to inspect school readiness and hear of any challenges for the year ahead.
Ms Dudley visited Pinedene Primary School and Ravensmead Secondary School this morning, where she was informed of challenges relating to late applications, learner numbers and school infrastructure.
“It appears that teachers are doing a wonderful job, and as a representative of Parliament I encouraged them to continue, despite the challenges they have highlighted,” she said.
Ms Dudley encouraged teachers and school governing bodies alike not to suffer in silence. She urged them to interact and report challenges to Parliament, so that the problems could be brought to the attention of the relevant authorities.
The headmaster at Pinedene Primary School, Mr Samuels February, said that one the challenges facing his school was that parents chose it over two other schools in the area, even though they had far fewer students.
“The school has about 1 100 registered students, and yet management is trying to accommodate late applicants. However, the main challenge we face is deteriorating infrastructure. Some of the buildings were constructed using asbestos 48 years ago and it causes sinus problems among young learners.”
He told Ms Dudley that he had raised this issue with the province but had received a negative response. Ms Dudley finished off her oversight visit by visiting Ravensmead Day Hospital.
21 January 2014
Source : Parliament of South Africa