Motshekga promises to eradicate mud schools within two years

2013-04-04 09:23

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has promised that all mud schools in the country would be eradicated by 2015.

“We are working to eradicate all mud schools in the country, as identified on the Asidi (Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative) list by the end of the 2014/15 financial year,” Motshekga said, adding they would report quarterly on progress made.

Motshekga was speaking during the handover of Welese Junior Secondary School in Libode District in the Eastern Cape yesterday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, the minister also handed over Sonata Primary School, also in Libode.

She announced her department would build 200 additional schools, of which 120 would be built in the Eastern Cape.

She said they were targeting mud and unsafe schools around the country.

Motshekga’s ambitious announcements came despite her department’s failure to build 49 schools by March this year, only managing to build 17.

Motshekga yesterday acknowledged the challenges and attributed them to one of the constructors being liquidated while another was fired.

“We had pledged to deliver 49 schools to the region by the end of March and we currently stand at 17 with 10 of them from the Libode district alone. The major reason for this shortfall has been the liquidation of one of the contractors who was building 12 schools and the termination of the contract for another,” Motshekga said.

She said her department was in the process of appointing new contractors to finish the other schools, which were mostly 85% complete.

Accompanied by Eastern Cape Education MEC Mandla Makupula, Motshekga called on parents, teachers and learners to take care of the school and treasure it.

“The school is yours now, you must take good care of it. When I came back here in this school I want to find it in the same shape or even better,” she said.

The state-of-the-art school has a modern infrastructure, with a fully equipped play school, a computer and science laboratory and a library.

Chairperson of the School Governing Body, Mphumezeni Ncanywa, said since learners had moved from their mud structure built in 1988 to the new school building they were oozing confidence.

“Our children are so eager to go to school now. This has changed their lives for ever. They have come to appreciate education even more,” Ncanywa said.

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