Structural defects found in schools as many as seventy portens grave danger for learners.
Weeks after the tragedy at in a school at Hoërskool Driehoek, which led to the death of four school students, 70 more schools have been found to have huge structural defect.
According to News24. A tragedy similar to the one at Hoërskool Driehoek is possible at 70 schools in South Africa, after they were red-flagged for structural defects.
On February 1, the country mourned the death of four pupils after a concrete slab above a corridor at Hoërskool Driehoek in Vanderbijlpark collapsed. Twenty-two pupils were injured and some of the injuries were severe injuries.
On Friday, the Suid-Afrikaanse Onderwysersunie (SAOU) released its national survey on school infrastructure where it identified 70 schools nationally as on the brink of collapse.
SAOU’s director of operations Johan Kruger said Hoërskool Driehoek was not among the 70 schools.
The majority were in Gauteng and Mpumalanga.
Kruger said principals of the 70 schools have asked him not to release the names of the institutions, fearing that it could cause panic.
“Last week, we visited another school in Gauteng where we found a block of classroom[s] with serious structural problems. The principal of the school then shut down the affected block. The principal also asked us not to reveal the identity of the school.