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The MEC for Education and Sport Development in the North West Sello Lehari  has on Wednesday February 21 visited Relebogile Primary school in Swartdam near Makapanstad to engage with aggrieved parents of learners who withdrew learners from attending school for the past two weeks in a bid for government to build a new school.

In addressing the parents, MEC Lehari assured parents of a long term solution, which is that the department has prioritised the construction of a new school for the 2018/19 financial year while the short term is procurement and delivery of eight mobile classrooms to ease chronic overcrowding.

To date, four mobile classrooms have been delivered at the school for Grade R-4 classes and MEC Lehari has pleaded with parent to return learners to school on Thursday (February 22).

The remaining four mobile classrooms will be delivered at the school on Monday, 28 February for Grade 5-7 classes.

A recovery plan for the lost teaching and learning time will be rolled out and facilitated by the circuit manager.

MEC Lehari says while overcrowding is a thorny issue, he is making an earnest appeal to parents not to withdraw learners from attending school and also thanked educators for being exceptionally organised in meeting this challenge.

“I first would like to thank principals, teachers and the entire school management for honouring the call to be present at all times making the best out the situation. At the same I appeal with parents not to withdraw learners from attending school. A day lost has a huge impact in the learner’s studies”, Lehari said.

He further said infrastructural challenges in schools will be addressed.

Parents have heed the call to release learners and classes have commenced.

MEC Lehari also paid an unnounced visit to nearby schools; Ithuteng Secondary and his alma mater Kosea Moeka Primary school to convey words of encouragenmet to both learners, teachers and school body.