While some parents were left feeling overwhelmed with joy as they helped their children settle in on their first day of school on Wednesday, Spark School parents in Maboneng, Johannesburg were incensed and deeply concerned about the incomplete renovations at the school.
Incomplete building sites and a shortage in furniture marred the first day of school as parents voiced out their concerns about whether or not the incomplete renovations will disrupt teaching and learning, and asked if the school was allowed to operate during construction work.
A parent whose child just started his 12 years in school, spoke to Inside Education on Wednesday saying that he would have loved his sons first day experience to be in a complete site.
The frustrated parent said he visited the school a day before schools opened to see how far they have come and was surprised when he saw an incomplete structure.
“I went to the school on Tuesday and after I saw that they were still not done renovating the school’s building, I sent the school an enquiry about my concerns and they told me that the construction will not interfere the school curriculum,” the parent said.
The parent said what disappointed him more was that the school had not given him an update about the progress made.
“I haven’t heard anything from anyone, I think the school should have been open with us from the onset, I like the school I love the concept. It was my sons first day today and honestly would have loved for him to start in a complete building.”
Another parent whose daughter is in Grade 4, also expressed her concern about the incomplete infrastructure and said that she hopes that they’ll soon be done.
Inside Education visited the school on Wednesday and this was what it looked like.
It is believed that construction started last year, after the school moved their premises from an old building to a new one just up the road.
Inside Education made several attempts to speak to the school’s management and gave them ample time to respond to our questions but to no avail.