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There's no stealing these desks

By unknown | Mar 08, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Edward Maahlamela

Edward Maahlamela

In an effort to fight the widespread theft of school furniture, the Limpopo Department of Education has reverted to using old-style school furniture - desks with their seats attached to them.

The department has started distributing 83000 of the "new old" desks.

Departmental spokesman Ndo Mangala told Sowetan yesterday: "We have learnt the hard way. We had people stealing school furniture who later claimed that the government does not deliver [resources for education].

"We are providing furniture to all new schools in the province.

"We don't expect to see any of these desks ending up in shebeens and taverns.

"It will be difficult for people to steal them. But we urge community members to inform the police and the Education Department whenever they see people stealing or vandalising school property," he said.

The department has given 930 desks to Modipe Secondary School, near Tzaneen.

The school recently made headlines when parents brought it to a standstill because students had to sit on rocks, tins and on the floor because there were no desks.

"We have solved that problem," said Mangala.

"The school has received its desks. The chapter on Modipe is closed."

l Education MEC Aaron Motsoaledi has embarked on an eight-day provincial roadshow to show his commitment to improving schools in the province.


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