Panyaza Lesufi reads riot act, unveils schools ICT plan

2014-09-11 16:13

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has read the riot act to both pupils and teachers.

Lesufi, who was today reporting back on the programmes he has implemented since he was appointed three months ago, said teachers and pupils must be serious or face being axed.

Lesufi said he had already fired 30 teachers and expelled 57 pupils.

“Of the 30 teachers who have been dismissed, 17 were dismissed for absenteeism, five for improper conduct, three for sexual assault, two for mismanagement of funds, one for dishonesty, one for intimidation and the last one for contravening policies.

The majority of the pupils dismissed were found with drugs at school.

“I’ve also noted the high number of educators who become absent from school without valid reasons. This compromises the delivery of effective quality education and at times results in learners losing valuable time,” said Lesufi.

The police, he said, arrested 42 gangsters operating in the province’s schools.

“I also undertook to identify and profile at least 10 notorious gangs that had the potential to destabilise schools.”

The province has also finalised its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) strategy, said Lesufi, adding that when schools reopen in January next year, five schools would have become paperless. “This means all learners from Grade 8 to 10 and their educators will each receive a tablet and every class will have an interactive board, signalling the death warrant of the chalk, duster and chalkboards.”

The pilot schools will also have Wi-Fi.

The province has also set aside R150 million to address sanitation in schools.

“To date, construction has been finalised in about 400 schools. The remaining ones will be finalised before month end,” he said.

About 580 schools are being targeted.

From next year, the department will also empower all Grade 11 pupils across the province with driver training courses.

Lesufi said he was also pushing ahead with his controversial idea of twinning township and affluent schools.

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