LESEDING — While other learners were gearing up to go to school for the 2016 year on Wednesday 13 January, learners and parents of Leseding (Steenbokpan) were singing to another tune. Their school, Lerekhureng Combined School, was vandalized during December with the corrugated roof ripped off, computers and TVs stolen and as a result school books and school archives were destroyed by the recent rains.
One of the concerned parents, Jeremia Nkwati, emphasised that the majority of the people staying in Leseding are not educated and don’t have formal qualifications. It is painful for them to watch their children ending up like them. He added that it’s disrespectful of the Department of Education to not do anything about this situation as the children are missing school days.
“The school has been like this since December, they knew that schools will open very soon but nothing has been done” said Nkwati. The children have already lost five schooling days.
The community and parents met the day before schools reopened and decided that the old age centre and available halls should be used as temporary classrooms. They however had to wait for the Ellisras Circuit Education Department to approve the decision which was taken on Monday 18 January 2016.