Row over village school

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

Residents of Relela village in the Bolobedu south area have accused the Limpopo department of education of acting on a snail's pace to build them a satellite school in the area.

The residents yesterday accused the department of not living up to its promises to build them the school.

On Sunday, parents converged on Mabjeakgoro Primary School in the village, where a committee comprising members of the school governing body, parents and teachers was elected. The committee was tasked to mediate between the department and the residents.

Spokesman for the parents Rimbo Maake said that the department had promised in 2005 to build a model primary school in the village.

The new school would have 12 classrooms, a library, sporting fields, a hall and a sciencelaboratory.

"We were told that the school would be built in September 2005, but to date nothing has come up.

When we approach them for an explanation, they always send us from pillar to post," said Maake. He said the new school would ease overcrowding at Mabjeakgoro Primary, which has an enrolment of 1200 pupils. Another parent, Mamoyabo Makwala, said the villagers were even forced to exhume remains of their ancestors at the site earmarked for the building of the school.

"We sacrificed and exhumed the bones of our forefathers in an effort to afford our children a better education."

Ndo Mangala, spokesman for the department, was not available for comment.