Tragedy of wrecked Bay school

Thulani Gqirana and Msindisi Fengu

ONE of the 310 schools scheduled to be closed in the Eastern Cape is a decrepit haven for criminals on the edge of Kwazakhele. But residents still hope Ilungelo School will be resurrected or transformed into an education centre.

It has been vacant for more than two years after parents removed their children because of teacher absenteeism and a principal who was allegedly often drunk.

Visiting Ilungelo yesterday, DA shadow MEC for education Edmund van Vuuren said it was a shame a school with so much potential had been allowed to fall apart.

“We are not opposed to the closure of schools if they are not viable. But this school is in an urban area with thousands of people living around it.”

Van Vuuren said the party would appeal to the Education Department to rebuild it. “Because parents wanted their children to get a quality education they had to send them elsewhere,” he said.

Kwazakhele residents were shocked to hear it was planned that Ilungelo would never reopen.

“Some of us don’t have money to take our children to schools in Korsten,” Fundiswa Mbebeto said. “They now have to be crammed in other schools.”

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