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North West School Reverts to Normal Classrooms After Misuse of Toilets for Teaching

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North West School Reverts to Normal Classrooms After Misuse of Toilets for Teaching

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In a recent update from the North West Department of Education, it has been confirmed that Nthapelang Primary School in Matolong village near Taung had briefly used toilets as makeshift classrooms. The situation that arose on Wednesday, 17 January 2024 was quickly resolved when the department intervened.

The department took immediate action upon learning of the concerning circumstances, promptly sending officials to the school. By the following day, learners were reassigned to their standard classrooms, leaving behind the inappropriate use of sanitation facilities for educational purposes.

An investigation by the department revealed that the principal of Nthapelang Primary School had made a significant error in judgment by repurposing the toilets as classrooms despite the availability of adequate traditional classroom space. Furthermore, the principal made the unorthodox decision to bring in teachers from neighboring schools, disrupting the typical teacher allocation system.

The swift correction of these missteps was emphasized by the department, assuring that all students are again receiving their education in appropriate learning environments. Nthapelang Primary School, a smaller institution with a total enrollment of 211 students across five teachers and seven classrooms, utilizes a multi-grade teaching method—a strategy sanctioned by the department for such schools.

The department has condemned the principal’s decision to use the toilets for instructional purposes and the transfer of teachers, with MEC for Education in the North West, Viola Motsumi, expressing strong disapproval. Motsumi has taken the initiative by launching a comprehensive investigation into the matter, committed to imposing proper consequences following its conclusion.

Local councillor Oratile Segosapelo also raised concerns about the misuse of the newly constructed bathrooms and temporary buildings for classroom activity, associating it with alleged severe overcrowding at the school. Parents have similarly expressed dissatisfaction with the inadequate learning conditions.

However, it was discovered that the school does not suffer from overcrowding. With an established practice of multi-grade teaching and a well-considered student-to-teacher ratio, the situation was a result of poor decision-making rather than necessity.

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