ECape intervention 'not a success': DA

By Drum Digital
10 April 2013

The intervention by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga in Eastern Cape education could not be declared an outright success, the DA said on Wednesday.

"There have been slight improvements in previously documented problem areas -- such as finance, transport, school nutrition and teacher deployment -- but not enough to declare the intervention an outright 'success'," said Democratic Alliance MP Annette Lovemore.

During her oversight of the Eastern Cape education department, Motshekga had failed to deal with those responsible for the department's dismal state, she said.

The government put the Eastern Cape education department under administration in March 2011 because of inefficiency and maladministration.

On Tuesday, Motshekga said her department would be downgrading this intervention.

"We are... of the view that we need to downgrade our intervention," she told reporters in Pretoria.

"We are proposing to both Cabinet and the NCOP [National Council of Provinces] that our new focus areas should remain finance and the appointment of educators."

-by Sapa

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