MPL Moriarty inspects Kanana Primary School

The DA's political head for the Midrand Constituency, MPL Mike Moriarty.

The DA’s political head for the Midrand Constituency, MPL Mike Moriarty visited the Kanana Primary School in Ivory Park as part of the #QualityEducationForAll campaign.

He was accompanied by Councillor Nicci Rahn.

The two met with the school’s principal, Charles Malobola and walked around the school.

Moriarty said, “We are here as part of the DA’s schools campaign, basically to experience what is happening at the education coalface. The DA is conducting similar oversight visits across Gauteng. We see first-hand the challenges faced by the schools, particularly those in the townships. Our intent is to identify issues that require attention, and direct these towards the government and officials who are responsible to fix things.”

“At Kanana we found a school that functions well despite challenges. This is due to the sterling efforts of Mr Malobola and a committed team of management and educators. The problems and challenges they face are considerable. These include high water bills based on estimated consumption. We undertook to assist in getting this resolved,” added Moriarty.

“Moreover, the number of learners enrolled is vast. There are 2 538 learners. This is huge for a primary school. It is clear there ought to be another school built in the area. The educator learner ratio of 1:40 seems reasonable. But there are only 51 classrooms, with a further two under construction. This means that each classroom must accommodate 50 learners, which is too many. It is clear that there is a need for another school.

“Electricity supply is problematic because of illegal connections in the neighbouring community. They would benefit from a dedicated transformer,” explains Moriarty.

Moriarty emphasised that the biggest problem was burglaries.

“There have been six this year alone. It is absolutely unacceptable that thieves should prey on those who are doing so much to uplift poor communities. Police must do far more to catch the perpetrators of crimes. Phansi amasela phansi. It would appear that burglars would be inhibited if the security environment were improved and there was a quicker armed response. In addition, access provided to burglars from the adjacent park must be addressed.”

“We came away from our visit inspired by Mr Malobola. We are determined to follow through and assist the school to the greatest extent possible.”

Malebo Tseke

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