Photo: Zwavhudi Tshisudzungwane

By: Zwavhudi Tshisudzungwane

Angry parents at Hamakuya village outside Thohoyandou in Limpopo have shut down a local primary school due to transport issues . This came after the agreement that was made last year October between the parents and the department of education that learners from Fandani Primary school will move from their school to join learners in Lamvi Primary school.

According to Johannes Madoba, a member of parents’ task team, the Limpopo department of education promised the parents that they will provide their learners with buses that will transport them from their places to school. “Our learners have re-opened in January and ever since then we haven’t seen any bus in our area,” said Madoba.

“Vhembe district is in crisis of ritual killings, our learners are travelling long distance and they are not safe, we need to act now for the safety of our children,” he added. Some of the learners were using transport but only those whose parents can afford hence others were travelling for more than 4 kilometres from their home to school. He added that their kids are not safe anymore and the distance that they walk to access education is long especially to those primary learners. “We have decided to shut down the school until such time that the Limpopo department of education provide our learners with the buses that they have promised last year,” said Madoba.

The Limpopo department of education spokesperson, Naledzani Rasila said that they are aware of the shutdown and they have already met with the parents of the learners together with the service provider of the buses that will be used to transport learners. “We are now waiting for the approval letter from the bid committee as they have promised that we will get it in two weeks, and that’s when we will give the service provider a go ahead to transport those learners”, he said.

Edited by Winnie Manyama