No hope for Tinley Manor Primary

Teachers and parents at Tinley Primary School in Etete, Velani Township, are left in a dark cloud as the promised extension of the school seems not to be coming anytime soon.

The classrooms are overcrowded with two classrooms accommodating more than 100 pupils and other classes averaging more than 50 children.

With the new year around the corner, the number of children will increase and the teachers will have to deal with more overcrowded classrooms.

Currently, there are 1 452 pupils and one of the pre-fab classrooms was burnt earlier this year.

Teachers had said they were finding it impossible to give individual attention to the pupils due to the extent of the overcrowding.

School governing body deputy chairperson, Sthembiso Ngubane said the department had promised to expand the school last year.

Also read: Tinley Manor Primary is bursting at the seams

“We had a meeting last Saturday and the principal told us that there is still no feedback from the department. It clearly shows that even next year the teachers will be facing the same problem,” said Ngubane.

The school was given a plan and a promise to start construction by September or October last year, it is now November and there is no explanation given about the delay.

He said there were letters written to the education department and to date there are waiting for a positive response.

Teachers are given a target of a 60 percent pass rate by the education department.

But the teachers say reaching this target is an unattainable dream.

In 2014 parents and pupils protested over the condition of pre-fab classrooms supplied by the education department. The classrooms are very hot, making it hard for the pupils to concentrate.

They were also supplied with broken windows.

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Sboniso Dlamini
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