As a part of my studies I am busy with this module on learning in the workplace and it makes me sad to see what is happening in some of our schools.
I read about this school in the Eastern Cape. The classrooms were appalling at Menziwa High School. It lacked significant portions of their walls. Windows were broken or blow out by strong wings exposed. (Past tense, because the school was burned down)
Pupils’ anger was ignited into an explosion last week: they torched their school. 98 children were arrested for arson. The allegations are running forwards and backwords between the Education department and the school’s principal. For three months promises were made about how the school will be improved.
There is a high percentage of unemployed youth, but how must Menziwa High School’s pupils start tertiary education with a foundation of a school history like this? Why can’t some of the Skills Development Funds (SDF) not be taken to upgrade schools? It will contribute to learning, which is one of the goals of the SDF. Can’t more companies adopt schools and assist in the process of uplifting?
(Ps. The post tile is ‘a brick in the wall’, because this is what the children need before education can continue …. walls… proper class rooms.