Four chairs for 70 pupils in Grade 1 class

Yoliswa Sobuwa

THEY sit on the floor because there are simply not enough chairs or desks for them.

That is the everyday plight of the pupils at Phillip Nikiwe Primary School, which is also faced with a crippling teacher shortage.

“Ever since the school was built in 1976, it has never been renovated. As a result the infrastructure is dilapidated. We have about 300 pupils and only seven teachers,” principal Nomhle Makeng said.

Phillip Nikiwe is in the heart of New Brighton township in Port Elizabeth. The school is not secure and there is no proper fencing. Classes have no electricity and the ceiling is collapsing.

There are 11 chairs in the Grade R class, with 26 pupils forced to sit on the floor. The situation is even worse in Grade 1 where there are only four chairs for 70 pupils.

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