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By Sipho Masombuka | Jan 14, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THIEVES, vandals and floods have caused irreparable damage to Mmakaunyane High School in North West.

While teaching and learning took place at adjacent schools yesterday, more than 500 pupils roamed the school yard while education officials and the school governing body members tried to find a solution to their plight.

Thieves aggravated the situation by stealing the roofing from four classrooms over the holidays.

The chairperson of the school governing body, Kgapola Nyambe, said the only solution was to move the school since it would be impractical to fix the existing structure.

"The building is damaged beyond repair and has become a safety hazard. The department is merging the school with Dirisanang Middle School, but they are dragging their feet," he said.

Nyambe said a parents meeting to be held today would ensure that an immediate solution was found to the pupils' plight.

He said a viable solution would be to implement the merger themselves.

"We thought of accommodating only grade 12s at Dirisanang, but we decided against it because it would have been taxing on the teachers. They would have to travel the 2km trip to teach at Dirisanang and come back to teach grades 10 and 11. That is why we decided that all the grades should be relocated," he said.

Built by the community 30 years ago, the school's matric class of 2009 registered an 82percent pass. Education department spokesperson Charles Raseala conceded that the building was not favourable for learning.


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