MEC Makgoe pleased with 2023 academic readiness

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Burglaries and similar challenges at some schools have been highlighted as some of the major challenges faced in the Free State.

The Free State Education MEC, Tate Makgoe, however, said the commencement of the 2023 academic year ran smoothly.

“All our schools reopened today and operated well,” said Makgoe, following his visit to schools in Bloemfontein to check their readiness.

“The majority of our schools issued stationery and textbooks, while all learners eligible for feeding were fed in our schools that are participating in the NSNP. Furthermore, the reports I received from our five districts is that attendance of learners at all our schools is satisfactory, and the majority of our schools registered over 90% attendance,” he said.

Many of the burglaries happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning, 11 January 2023.

“In Iphondle Secondary School, they stole rakes, spades, batteries, and mirrors – all worth R40 000. At Kgauhelo Primary School in Ventersburg, they stole stationery worth R40 000. They broke windows to get entry. At Tataisong Primary School in Thabo Mofutsanyane, they stole a WiFi Router, Lenovo laptop, and bag – all worth R21 200. At Legae Combined School in Bloemfontein, they stole 342 chairs meant for learners, worth R68 400, wiring of about R7 000, ceilings valued at R20 000, doors valued at R2 800. The police are investigating these cases,” said Makgoe.

Makgoe appeals to communities to help protect schools in their area by not purchasing stolen goods.

Another challenge faced are late registrations.

The monitoring and oversight visits will continue until the end of January and Makgoe will visit EE Monese Secondary School in Senekal on Thursday 12 January.

On Friday, he will be at the Kutloanong Secondary School and Mohobo Primary School in Odendaalsrus, in the Lejweleputswa District.

Compiled by Bonolo Moloi