Heavy rains in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) have led to evacuations, displacement, and damaged schools mere weeks after the Easter flooding that left more than 440 people dead.
The provincial education department’s senior authorities will embark on a school inspection tour to ensure classes can resume as soon as possible.
KZN DBE TO INSPECT DAMAGED SCHOOLS
In the last floods, in April 2022, more than 500 schools were badly damaged. A cut-off low weather system took hold of South Africa last week into the weekend and brought torrential rain and flooding to KwaZulu-Natal yet again.
The KZN Department of Education (DBE) Head of Department, Nkosinathi Ngcobo, will lead a delegation of senior authorities to schools to assess the extent of the damage caused by the weekend’s floods, said the department in a statement on Monday, 23 May.
“Ensuring children can go back to school is not only a moral imperative, but also crucial for their safety, well-being, and humanitarian relief,” said the Department.
The KZN education department said it is working around the clock to ensure that all schools return to normal in the flood-hit parts of the province.
Meanwhile, the KZN education MEC, Kwazi Mshengu, will inspect Kwanayamazane Primary School in Mtubatuba on Tuesday, 24 May.
The school is one of the facilities that will be repaired by the department imminently.