Labour dept shuts down classrooms at Kgwatlhele Primary School

The Department of Employment and Labour Inspectorate in Limpopo has shut down unsafe classrooms at the Kgwatlhele Primary School exterior Mokopane on Tuesday.

The division additionally issued the Basic Education Department with a violation discover for failing to conduct a hazards identification and threat evaluation.

The Basic Education division additionally failed to make sure that {the electrical} set up was performed safely by a reliable individual and failed to supply a replica of the Certificate of Compliance (COC) for electrical set up.

The Labour division’s inspection of the college grew to become after involved mother and father sounded the alarm through the first week of April in regards to the unsafe classrooms with cracks which might be seen from inside and out of doors of the constructing.

The division’s inspection confirmed mother and father’ suspicions that the badly cracked buildings posed a hazard to pupils and lecturers.

“Both administrative and a walk-through inspection were conducted at the school, the whole of Building Block E and F were prohibited and only grade 1A on building block A was found not to be compliant with the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS),” mentioned the division in a press release.

“Cracks that are visible from inside and outside of the building pose an immediate danger of structural failure/collapse and may cause death to persons,” it added.

A grade one classroom, and the inspiration degree to the highest roof of the admin constructing have additionally been shut down.

“The department is aware of the impact that the closure may have on the curriculum, however, the specialist prohibited the school blocks in the interest of safeguarding the lives which is more important than education,” mentioned performing Provincial Chief Inspector Reckson Tshishivheli.

“Our inspectors are mandated to protect the lives of people and we are serious about enforcing the Health and Safety legislation.”

“We encourage the public and employees who find themselves in such hazardous situations to bring it to the attention of the department for inspections to be conducted,” he added

The prohibited sections of the college will stay closed till the Department of Education corrects the noncompliance as recognized by the OHS Inspector.

Compiled by Narissa Subramoney

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