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Poor conditions at Limpopo school are ‘unfortunate’

The spokesperson for the education dept says parents choose to take the children to the dilapidated school.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Limpopo Education Department says the conditions at a farm school where two children were bitten by snakes while sleeping on a classroom floor are "unfortunate".

The Sowetan newspaper has detailed the poor conditions at the Mpepule School near Lephalale, where children are made to sleep in a classroom, and are taught under trees with no transport to get home.

The publication's editor, Mpumelelo Mkhabela, says the children are fed a basic diet of tea and bread the majority of the time and forced to use the bush as a toilet.

"From the physical structure of the school to the manner in which they sleep… If you look at how they bath; you have a seven-year-old bathing a five-year-old. You have these kids washing their own clothes."

Speaking to Stephen Grootes on the Midday Report today, Limpopo Education spokesperson Naledzani Rasila said parents have moved their children to the farm school because of poor village schools, and that is their choice.

But he says the story in the Sowetan is not the first time he has heard about the issues.

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