The IFP calls on government to make schools in previously disadvantaged areas in the province more attractive to teachers to help improve the academic performance of pupils in such areas.
“We have observed that as a result of poor working conditions in deprived areas professional teachers did not feel happy to accept postings to such areas.
Government’s aim of providing quality education to South African children could only be achieved when teachers, who form one of the most critical components in the provision of quality education, are well motivated and comfortable in the teaching and learning environment” said IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mrs Thembeni kaMadlopha-Mthethwa,MPL.
“Schools in rural areas can become attractive to professional teachers if government can make it a policy to build suitable accommodation in the vicinity of every school in such areas, supplying such schools with solar lighting, potable water and improve road conditions to make travelling easier for them and education officials,” continued Madlopha-Mthethwa.
“We further extend our concern that the lack of facilities have an adverse effect on the performance of students in the under-resourced schools. We suggest that government should make it a policy to ensure that at least one under-resourced school in each region is provided with facilities such as science laboratories, computer equipment and libraries each year,” concluded Madlopha-Mthethwa.
The IFP KZN Spokesperson on Education
Thembeni KaMadlopha-Mthethwa,MPL, 071 884 3844 / 079 114 3015
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Officer, 073 024 5675