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Department of education ready for the new school year

By admin
15 January 2014

After criticism in the past few years for non-delivery Minister of education Angie Motshekga says the department of education is ready to start the school year .

In Midrand, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga visited the Ponelopele Oracle Secondary School for the first school day of 2014.

Motlanthe said the visit was intended to motivate teachers, and congratulate them on a job well done, as the school was one of the top performing schools despite being a no-fee school.

"[We] decided to come to this school to thank [the] principal and teachers for the job they are putting in and to encourage learners," he said.

Motshekga said it was all systems go for the new academic year and that textbooks had been delivered, but that she had received word that some schools in Limpopo and Mpumalanga had suffered storm damage.

"We are running around checking to ensure schools have day one today," she said.

In the Free State, several Grade 1s were bracing themselves for the start of their school career at Universitas Primary School in Bloemfontein. Blue school suitcases with name tags were lined up in front of classroom doors while parents chatted in groups, discussing the first day of school.