MEC: Katlehong school not being managed properly

The GDE will investigate to establish who allowed the school to enroll an extra 300 children this year.

FILE. A delegation from the department has visited the Kwanele Primary School in Katlehong yesterday. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says an East Rand school, which has complained about overcrowded classes, has in fact enough facilities but it is simply not being managed effectively by those in power.

A delegation from the department visited the Kwanele Primary School in Katlehong yesterday after parents complained of up to 70 pupils being taught in one classroom.

The department has also heard that some pupils are being taught in a stationary bus during school time, due to a shortage of furniture.

Lesufi says the problem has in fact been exaggerated and that teachers need to manage the timetables better.

"They've got plenty of classrooms. One classroom is being used as a storeroom. That bus is only being used for 45 minutes a day."

But one parent and member of the School Governing Body, Phindile Skhosana, disagrees.

She says, "When he's told that it's 64 kids, what does he mean when he says those classes are enough? Does it mean to him that 64 kids are enough for one class?"

The department will now launch an investigation to establish who allowed the school to enroll an extra 300 children this year.