Parents shut down damaged school

Oakdale Secondary School has four classrooms that are without a roof since a storm ripped it off last year.
Oakdale Secondary School has four classrooms that are without a roof since a storm ripped it off last year.
Image: Mduduzi Ndzingi

There has been no schooling at Oakdale Secondary in Ennerdale, south of Joburg, for days after parents shut down the school fearing for the safety of pupils.

The parents accuse the Gauteng department of education of failing to fix school infrastructure, including a roof that was damaged during a storm last year.

On Monday, the school governing body (SGB) took a decision to stop learning.

The roof of four classrooms was ripped off by the storm and pupils were forced to use temporary containers but these are also in poor condition.

Ranleigh Delport, chair of the Ennerdale Gauteng Shutdown Coordinating Committee, said there can be no normal learning in an abnormal school.

The parents decided that only the grade 12s will continue with their lessons so as to prepare for their exams. There has been no schooling for grades 8-11 since Monday.

SGB chair Jacky Schutte said: "We have requested the department to provide us with new temporary classrooms and also get the roofing for the four classrooms fixed."

Gauteng education spokesperson Steve Mabona said the department had started procuring the service provider to do the work and another to remove the mobile classes. "We appeal to members of the community not to shut down the school as any time lost will be challenging for us to recover."

Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments? Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.