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Gauteng schools to get more classrooms

2012-09-04 18:56

Johannesburg - A total of 93 schools in Gauteng will get more classrooms before the next academic year, Education MEC Barbara Creecy said on Tuesday.

Of these, 83 would get classrooms for Grade R, and six would receive additional classrooms, special facilities or administration buildings, she told the provincial legislature.

Creecy was responding to questions from Khume Ramulifho of the Democratic Alliance.

Ramulifho asked whether Skeen Primary School in Alexandra was one of those which would benefit, as the school had converted its staffrooms into classrooms.

Creecy said the school had been prioritised for more classrooms on a programme by the Independent Development Trust. It would receive two classrooms for Grade R, to be ready for the 2013 academic year.

"This will enable the school to free up the classroom spaces currently used for Grade R... [and so] the staffroom will also be available to be used for its intended purpose," Creecy said.

Enrolment at the school had increased because families had been relocated to the school's catchment area.

Creecy said her department was "working around the clock" to correct school shortages in the province, which were caused by consistently high levels of migration to Gauteng.

"We are doing the very best we can," she said.

Comments
  • jacques.swanepoel.372 - 2012-09-04 19:49

    I hope they plan to get more teachers as well, this is SA afterall

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-05 03:12

      They should make sure they have enough textbooks before worrying about xtra classrooms http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Politics/Some-pupils-without-workbooks-DA-20120904

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-09-04 20:03

    Can't even do something simple as deliver text books but here they want to build classrooms and before beginning 2013?! HA! Can only imagine how this will end up!

  • pws69 - 2012-09-05 08:10

    DA add 81 SCHOOLS in WC ANC add classrooms to 93 schools (and only to comply with Grade R legislation) Spot the difference.

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