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Pretoria – Students at Filadelfia High School in Soshanguve say the catering team served them poor quality food in hostels.
Learners locked out educators and some support staff yesterday morning.
They banned them from entering the school grounds until their appeals for adequate nutrition were provided to the students in the school, along with other matters.
The learners said that since 2018 they had raised their grievances about the poor quality of the food served to them and the lack of adequate safety for the learners who boarded the school, to no avail.
The student leader, Tshepiso Mabusela, said the learners decided to lock the school doors because no one was willing to take action to help and protect the learners.
Mabusela said the school promised to change the catering business that provided food for students, especially after some of them said they got sick while eating it.
She said that although they were assured that a new catering team would come when the schools reopened at the end of July, nothing had been done and they were still being served the same food.
“The management of our school doesn’t care about us and only thinks of itself, because if they had, they would have tackled these issues a long time ago without us having to go on strike.
“When we have serious problems with our security, it seems like no one cares.
“We have told them many times, but they just continue to live normally even though some learners have fallen ill. “
Lesedi Mathibela, another leader, said issues important to learners were not taken into account by the school administration.
They had previously struggled to provide hot water to their hostels.
“Honestly, we feel neglected because if we are not monitoring the water situation, we are often served undercooked and poor quality food.
Learners said they felt angry because management repeatedly failed them, even though they tried to be understanding and patient.
“Whenever we try to raise issues, criminals easily enter the school and threaten us to stop this nonsense and we just don’t feel safe because we don’t even know how they get in.”
Gauteng Education Department spokesman Steve Mabona said they were aware of the disruption in schooling.
Mabona said the learners’ claims that the department was ignoring their needs were unfounded.
According to Mabona, after the learners’ protest earlier this year, the department took action and new geysers were installed while repairs were being made to existing facilities.
“Unfortunately, our interventions were in vain because vandalism, by the same learners, continues to be a threat.
“However, we have not received any reports of bullying of learners by anyone.
“We call on any learner or educator who has information on said allegation to make it known, so that it can be dealt with expeditiously, in accordance with the policies of the Dispute Management Unit,” added Mabona.
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