Tinley Manor Primary is bursting at the seams

Teachers are finding it impossible to give individual attention to the pupils, as there are so many per class

With more than 100 pupils in the two grade five classes at Tinley Manor Primary School and most other classes averaging more than 50 children, it is clear the school’s cries for help are going unheard.

Teachers and pupils at the 1 452-strong Velani Township school in Etete say the heat in the pre-fab classrooms has been unbearable, with three to four children at a desk made for two pupils.

One of the teachers said they are finding it impossible to give individual attention to the pupils due to the extent of the overcrowding.

“How can a teacher see if a child is coping or not? We cannot even move between the desks,” said the teacher.

He said they could only see if the child understood what he was being taught when marking their test scripts.

This is how full are the classrooms of Tinley Manor Primary.

Teachers are given a target of a 60 percent pass rate by the education department. But the teachers say ever reaching this target is an unattainable dream.

School governing body deputy chairperson, Sthembiso Ngubane said the department had promised to expand the school by last June.

“This did not happen. They then came back with a plan and promised to start construction by September or October last year. We are still waiting for them to explain why there is no progress,” said Ngubane.

In 2014 parents and pupils used mobile toilets to block the road to the school in protest over the condition of pre-fab classrooms supplied by the education department. The classrooms are very hot, making it hard for the pupils to concentrate. They were also supplied with broken windows.

Ward 7 councillor Bonginkosi Dindi said he is aware of the problem and has been talking to the department about the issue. He said he was expecting a reply by next week.

One of the fab classrooms brought to the school with broken windows in 2014.

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