No classroom, no teacher at Sizani Combined

Grade seven pupils at Sizani Combined School are using the school's hall as a classroom. Which also doubles as a storeroom.

The shortage of classrooms in Sizani Combined School at Foxhill has put the school at risk of not securing a new teacher.

The school is in desperate need of more teachers to alleviate over-crowding.

According to one of the teachers, Rose Khuzwayo who is the chairperson of the maintenance committee, said the education department is willing to provide an additional teacher but not if the school does not have available classroom space.

“We need to at least have a wooden structure that will be used as a classroom for the new teacher. Otherwise, we will not get one,” said Khuzwayo.

The school has about 821 pupils and there are 73 grade 7 pupils who are being taught in the school hall. The hall is also the school storeroom. The other problematic class is grade R, where there are 74 pupils in one classroom.

“It would be ideal if each classroom had no more than 35 pupils, so that pupils could get individual attention,” said Khuzwayo.

At the root of the problem faced by Sizani is that, being located in a wealthy area, it is rated as a quintile four school, which puts it at the same level as Umhlali Preparatory. Even the school’s feeding scheme is not supported by the education department.

“The school receives minimum support from the department due to the rating, yet our pupils are from the townships and the majority come from poor families. Lots of the parents cannot even afford the school fees, which are R360 a year.”

A wooden classroom would cost about R28 391 and the school cannot afford it. The school is appealing to Dolphin Coast residents to help.

“We are not saying the department would not build the classroom for us, but we urgently need it so that we can get the teacher. Getting a new teacher at the school will mean a lot and we can divide the pupils, that will result in pupils getting the attention that they should be getting from their teachers.”

To help the school you can contact Khuzwayo on 082 505 2866.

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