The national Department of Education is facing legal action for allegedly failing to provide safe and adequate school infrastructure for pupils who have been taught under trees since January in Limpopo. Section27‚ a public interest law centre‚ said on Wednesday that pupils had been taught under trees at Makangwane Secondary School in Nonparella‚ Limpopo‚ since part of the school’s corrugated-iron roof was ripped off during a storm. The dilapidated building posed a threat to the safety of pupils‚ with support beams having previously fallen down in class‚ and the school governing body (SGB) decided that they should be taught outdoors. "This incident occurred after more than a decade of correspondence to the department about the state of the school buildings and the danger it poses‚" said the centre.

A former principal alerted the department to the poor state of the school in a letter in 2006. Pupils have fallen behind in the curriculum in their respective grades while being taug...

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