The IFP in the KZN Legislature calls upon the KZN MEC for Education, Mbali Frazer, to provide clarity on how many learners affected by floods in KZN have yet to be placed in schools, and, more importantly, when these learners can expect to be placed in schools.
It is the duty of the KZN MEC for Education to reassure people who were moved from their respective areas due to floods – and who are now staying in other areas together with their children – that their children will be placed when KZN schools open next week. Education is a right enshrined in the Constitution and these children need to be at school.
No excuses will be tolerated.
As the IFP, we demand answers from the KZN MEC for Education on the following:
- How many learners affected by floods have not yet been placed in schools?
- What has been done to ensure that as schools re-open, these learners are assured of a placement in schools?
- How many schools have been identified to accommodate learners affected by floods?
- Has scholar transport been organised for the displaced learners affected by floods? If yes, what are the relevant details; if not, why not?
- When will these learners be placed in schools?
As the IFP, we believe that no leaner should be denied his or her right to education due to the fact that they were affected by floods. The KZN Department of Education should have made alternative arrangements months ago to ensure that all learners affected by floods would be placed in schools on time. Next week is too late. The children – themselves flood victims – need to go to school and build their future, not be left hanging, uncertain of where they will attend classes.
The ANC government in KwaZulu-Natal has neglected flood victims for far too long.
The spirit of Ubuntu has been lost, and flood victims have been treated poorly. They have been subjected to inhumane treatment and stripped of their dignity. It is unbelievable that there are still people who are staying in community halls.
Tragically, we believe that if 2024 General Elections were to be held tomorrow, the ANC would be quick to provide flood victims with proper housing under the guise of ‘sympathy, care and delivery of services to the people’ but as no votes are on the line, it has resorted to a ‘don’t care’ attitude.
Mrs Thembeni Kamadlopha-mthethwa MPL
IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson for Education
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