EXCELSIOR Primary School in Mount Croix is struggling financially and the school building has not been painted in almost two decades.
Now, the exterior paint work that was done 19 years ago is peeling.
Principal Dan Carstens said the school was struggling and did not receive money from the pupils’ parents for upkeep because most of the children did not pay school fees.
“To make money for the school we do fundraising every fortnight, but the parents are not helping the children with the fundraising,” Carstens said.
The school does however receive some donations from organisations and churches including Newton Park Methodist Church.
“We need the money because sometimes things get stolen here at the school.
“We had the toilet pipes stolen and we replaced them.
“The staff would love to see the school struggle-free and painted.
“So it can have a fresh appealing look.”
Currently the teachers are responsible for their own classrooms.
They buy paint with either the school’s funds or money from their own pockets.
Grade 1 teacher Amanda Mulder is one of the teachers who paid for paint herself, but says this is not the school’s only problem.
“We don’t have adequate playing equipment for our small children.
“We will be happy if anyone can donate a jungle gym for them,” Mulder said.
The principal said they also needed people to help some of their struggling pupils with homework and reading.