Minister sees first-hand the poor state of schools
DEPUTY Home AffairsMinister Malusi Gigaba visited two schools in Mpumalanga yesterday as part of the government's back-to-school campaign.
Accompanied by Patricia Ngobeni, a member of the provincial legislature, Gigaba and his entourage started at Orhovelani High School.
Orhovelani High is the best performing school in the Thulamahashe circuit and was attended by leaders such as ANC treasurer-generalMathews Phosa.
When the entourage arrived pupils were at morning assembly, but as soon as they finished they literally ran to their classes, shocking Gigaba.
"Why are the children literally running to class?" Gigaba asked school principal Joseph Mthetwa.
The principal explained that the pupils were running for seats because of the shortage of desks.
Gigaba saw many pupils sitting on top of their desks and promised to help.
Orhovelani obtained a 70,1 percent pass for Grade 12 last year and had an enrolment of 1500 pupils, compared to this year's enrolment of 1700.
The entourage proceeded to Machayi Secondary School at Agincourt, where only 10 out of 104 matriculants passed last year.
Gigaba was told that many of the pupils were faced with the problem of looking after their siblings, while the lack of a bridge in the area posed a problem during floods.