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The classrooms that were damaged by the storm. Photo supplied  ~ 

A STORM ripped through Mnambithi about three weeks ago.

Emalahleni Primary School seems to have been worst affected by the wind and rain and its roof went flying.

With only four classrooms left intact, the school’s 730 pupils are suffering.

Parents at the school in northern KZN now accuse the provincial education department of dragging its feet because the school was damaged on 25 January.

They said 13 classrooms were damaged and the four left cannot accommodate all the pupils.

Nonhlanhla Gumede (38) said they were worried because their children’s education was suffering. “My seven-year-old son is in grade 1 and is crying to go back to school. It hurts us to see his friends go to school. I don’t know why the department doesn’t attend to our problem,” said Nonhlanhla.

Sibongiseni Dlangamandla (43) said they hoped that by reporting the incident to the department quickly, it would help get the school fixed quickly, or that mobile classrooms would be provided.

“Maybe the department doesn’t consider primary school matters a priority.”

KZN Education spokesman Sihle Mlotshwa said they were dealing with the matter. “We are still communicating with the local municipality.”

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