DA to visit Gauteng schools to assess basic needs

The DA will visit schools in the province to assess the quality of infrastructure and nutrition programmes, among others.

Backpacks outside a classroom. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng says will embark on province-wide visits to several schools this week to assess the quality of infrastructure, school nutrition programmes, Information Communication Technology (ICT) roll-out and basic needs of schools across the province.

The opposition party says it’s the government’s responsibility to ensure that no learner is disadvantaged by their learning environment.

The DA is accusing the provincial education department of having two education system, saying one is for the poor and the other one for the rich.

It says only those who can afford to pay, enjoy the best teachers, better facilities and smaller class sizes.

Gauteng shadow MEC for education Khume Ramulifho says: “The DA believes that all children deserve quality basic education, not only those ones who are able to afford. We have realized that in certain schools classes are overcrowded where you have 60 to 70 learners in one classroom.”