The DA has written to the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) requesting them to intervene and help learners of Hluvukani Primary School, in Bushbuckridge, to return to class.
The school was burnt down in the beginning of the 2022 academic year, and to date, the Mpumalanga Department of Education has done very little to ensure that learning continues.
The department has instead informed parents to register their children in various schools in the area. However, these schools are more than 5km away and scholar transport has not been arranged either.
On 29 August 2022, the DA wrote to education MEC Bonakele Majuba requesting the department to assist parents as well as the learners to ensure they are placed in an environment that is conducive to learning, but to date, the MEC has not responded to the DA’s letter nor has the circumstances at Hluvukani Primary School changed.
The school has not been officially closed by the department – as learners and teachers arrive every day, but still no learning takes place. The learners have now lost more than 8 months of schooling, making it nearly impossible
MEC Majuba as well as officials from the department have a responsibility to assist parents as well as the learners to ensure they are placed in an environment that is conducive to learning.
The DA has thus written to the SAHRC to intervene as a matter of urgency to assist with resolving this matter as education is a basic right.