Thusego is one of the middle schools found in the deep rural areas of Tsineng village but its image leaves a lot to be desired.
The Northern Cape NGO coalition in Kuruman had its field worker Mr Tebogo Moitsi who also works for Actionaid in that area, astounded. “We are working with schools around the district of John Taolo Gaetsewe, and Thusego Middle School is one of the schools that is in our programme.
The school has been running for a year now without water, toilets and furniture. The learners have been attending lessons sitting on the floor for the whole year expecting that the situation will change very soon. But to this date nothing has changed and the situation shows there is no possible hope in sight”.
Mr Moitsi said that examination papers lie idle on the floor in boxes. Classrooms do not have doors and some of the windows are broken. The electric wires are precariously exposed to learners and at any given time electrocution can be reported at the school. As examinations are underway learners have to find their comfortable sitting positions to write because furniture is nonexistent. Educators too have their own complications that include among others the unavailability of a decent staff room and toilets. He said that the department of education ought to prioritise its budgetary expenditure towards such situations to ensure that innocent children are safe and in a conducive learning environment.