Limpopo Newly Elected MEC of Education Must Prioritise Sanitation Backlog

The IFP welcomes the appointment of former Health MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe as new Limpopo education MEC.

“We call on the MEC to address the issue of the sanitation backlog in most schools in Limpopo. One of the schools that needs urgent attention is Masugi Primary School in Bungeni, where pupils are forced to relieve themselves in the bushes as a result of the dilapidated and dangerous state of their toilets. Contractors left the school’s four classrooms and toilets incomplete. This situation violates learners’ rights to education,” said IFP National Spokesperson on Education, Mr Alfred Mpontshane, MP.

“Government must finish the incomplete toilets and classrooms without delay. The MEC must appoint a contractor to complete the outstanding work. The contractor who was given the tender to do the initial work must be held accountable and be liable to pay back the money paid to their company, due to the failure to complete the work,” continued Mr Mpontshane.

“We urge the MEC to work hard to minimise pregnancies in schools. Our message to MEC Kgetjepe is that we do not want to see young people loitering in the streets. He must work with all stakeholders to fight against drug abuse and violence in our schools. We trust that he will work hard in helping schools achieve a 100 percent pass rate in the province,” concluded Mr Mpontshane.

The IFP urges the MEC to also conduct an audit on how many learners are in need of scholar transport in Limpopo and also schools in need of new infrastructure and sanitation.

Issued by:
Mr Alfred Mpontshane MP,
IFP National Spokesperson on Education, 083 441 6201

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Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP Media Officer, 073 024 5675