The Greater Letaba Municipality’s (GLM) mayor, Peter Matlou, on Tuesday visited two schools in the Mamaila circuit in the Bolobedu North area to check whether they adhered to social distancing and to learn of their challenges. This after the Grades 6 and 11 resumed classes on Monday.
Matlou, accompanied by some senior officials from his municipality, the department of education, public works and businesses first visited Maufota Primary School before going to Mmaba Secondary School both at Maupa Village. He said he was impressed by the conditions at Maufota Primary School where school management have ensured that they apply all Covid-19 rules like social distancing and sanitizing.
This is despite the fact that at this school, there are only four mobile toilets which they received from the department of education, and only two of them are flushing. “The cleanliness of the school will help in prevention of the spread of Corona Pandemic,” Matlou said.
According to him, Greater Letaba is reported to have recorded 30 Covid-19 infections so far.
The school principal, Constance Mulaudzi, said they are happy that the department provided them with most of the necessities like sanitizers, a water tank, mobile toilets and have also given them money to buy food for the school nutrition programme for six months. To the same school, Modjadji Plaza donated some disinfectants cleaning, sanitizers, sweets, caps for the children and some masks. According to Modjadji Plaza Centre Manager, Stephanie Claasen, this is her company’s way of ploughing back into community. Meanwhile, the principal at Mmaba Secondary School, Florence Lebopa, said Grade 11 learners who were supposed to start learning on Monday were told to stay home because the school does not have enough classrooms to apply social distancing.
“We have one block of three classrooms and a total enrolment of 455 learners where 53 are Grade 12 learners,” she said. At this school, Matlou told the principal that he will take the matter up with the MEC for education in the Province, Polly Boshielo, for intervention.