Eastern Cape govt forced to upgrade schools

2011-02-08 10:16

Johannesburg - After being taken to court, the Eastern Cape education department has agreed to spend R8.2bn by 2014 to upgrade "mud schools", the Dispatch Online reported on Tuesday.

This followed an out-of-court settlement with seven schools in the Eastern Cape, who launched a civil suit against the department in August.

Schools in the province, made of mud or cinderblocks, faced a constant shortage of furniture and water, with many pupils having to walk far to collect water. The state of these schools further deteriorated after a storm hit the province in May 2009.

The Centre for Child Law and the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) helped back the high court application. The settlement was reached on Friday.

The upgrade drive would begin in April.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Monday apologised for the "ongoing education crisis" in the province.

This year, subsidised transport for pupils had been suspended, as had the schools nutrition programme, and thousands of pupils were without teachers.

Last month, the SA Democratic Teachers' Union's Eastern Cape secretary Fezeka Loliwe described education in the province as being "on the brink of collapse unless the powers that be take drastic measures to save the situation".

  • DeonL - 2011-02-08 10:31

    This is a disgrace Angie, a better way of saying sorry is to resign as you are not doing your job.

  • missy_t - 2011-02-08 10:33

    Sad situation that the governments have to be taken to court to do what they're there for.

      IandI - 2011-02-08 11:20

      Maybe we citizens should start a fund and sue the govt to force them to deliver, howzat? We could the force them to fix the potholes, streetlights, billing mess, hospitals etc. Bet they will then countersue saying they cannot dleiver coz they are too busy having sushi parties!

  • Zoidberg - 2011-02-08 10:35

    17 years later

      pinkalert - 2011-02-08 11:28

      yep - 17 years later and we are on the verge of collapse - feel sorry for the kids that want the education - the government should be sued!!!

      KennySven - 2012-11-21 23:16

      The money cANCer has stolen could have bought the Eastern Cape.

  • jiamalunga - 2011-02-08 10:36

    Yes vote for the ANC, Go on vote! You will go to heaven uneducated. And the norm with everything the ANC touches....On the brink of collapse. So sad that the cadres must be told by a court to do what they get paid for.

      IandI - 2011-02-08 11:23

      "Don't vote for them. It just encourages the bastards", apologies to PJ Rourke

  • Maki - 2011-02-08 10:40

    Mama Motshekga - Get our children into decent classrooms ! Eish, taking you to court to get service delivery... Wake up !

      jiamalunga - 2011-02-08 10:41

      yes Maki! You get what you vote for! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

      kingoftomorr - 2011-02-08 11:32

      Are ur eyes slowly opening buddy?

  • mdu - 2011-02-08 10:41

    This is the basic needs,a foundation that need to be given to every child,i mean a chance to give an individual a chance to be someone in the near future and that is chance to give every child an education that will give him/her a chance to claim his identity.The appology that has been send by the department is highly a disgrace an unwelcome and it will only be welcomed when the progress is made.We are a developing country and we desparately need this sorce of education to achieve and claim our identity in the international community and the better we realise that the better of us move forward.You cant at any point in time deny african child an opportunity to go school

      pinkalert - 2011-02-08 11:31

      You cant deny any child the rights to a education - I agree, but I sometimes think the other problem is that the teachers are not up to scratch either. We had a grade 11 teacher have to leave the classroom and find out from another teacher how to do a maths some for the class - you think they would be prepared for there lessons!!!

  • Chantal - 2011-02-08 10:59

    mr zuma the 7mil you gave to uganda? (some country) for education should have been used in our country Parents look after they own children and not their neighours children so start looking after the children in this country and they will look after you when you old they will be the leaders so teach them well

      pinkalert - 2011-02-08 11:32

      Maybe Zuma has more children in Uganda - he seems to be sowing his seeds around! But yep, he needs to sort out his own backgarden before doing the neighbours!

  • DiePriester - 2011-02-08 11:04

    You do not need schooling if you want to become the Prez, so why bother.

      jiamalunga - 2011-02-08 11:09

      And how am I going to get my G in woodwork huh? Don't be an idiot!

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-08 11:10

    That EC province is seriously F'd-up...give them independance as they are a burden to SA at the moment... Corruption is the EC motto.

      Don - 2011-02-08 11:53

      Agreed!......and this is the province in which the Great Madiba was born- the most neglected of all the anc run provinces- this is the kind of disrespect we have to deal with from the inmcompetant cadres at loothuli house. A DISGRACE!

  • jeremy - 2011-02-08 11:25

    The Eastern Cape has long been the most backward, underfunded province in the country. It's high time funding was made available - and competent people to administer it. And the sad thing is that, despite the ANC's incompetence, the majority of the province's citizens will continue to vote for it. I guess they get what they deserve.....

      theoldmanofthemountains - 2011-02-08 12:46

      Jeremy, get your facts straight. The EC Govt is NOT the most underfunded province in the country - far from it. Figures from the National Treasury show that Total Provincial Receipts for the EC for 2010 to be in the order of R42bn. By contrast the Western Cape had Total Provincial Receipts fro the same period at R27bn. The EC budgeted spending R22bn on Education in 2010. The WC? R11.8bn. So please, get your facts straight.

  • kingoftomorr - 2011-02-08 11:31

    Yes the ANC loves its people! after how many years????

  • crocoros - 2011-02-08 11:42

    17 years into democracy and the Govt is being taken to court to upgrade mud schools, now who is worse the ANC or the Apartheid Govt.

  • - 2011-02-08 11:44

    I wonder who is going to get the R8.2 billion building tender? Malema perhaps...

  • ArtGee - 2011-02-08 12:09

    If the IDIOTIC ANC GOVT did not WASTE money on the SWC Stadiums, ARMS DEAL and "LOOSE/MISPLACE" R44 000 000 000-00 last year... then these PROBLEMS would NOT OCCUR!!!!!! Total of R1,2 TRILLION just on those three WASTAGES!!!!!!!!!! And they want to tell the 'people' they "CARE FOR THEM"!!!!!! Like BLOODY HELL! South Africa will only pull itself OUT THE GUTTER, that it currently finds itself in, ONCE THE CHILDREN GET EDUCATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Which part does the ANC NOT UNDERSTAND????? Or do they PREFER NOT TO UNDERSTAND????????

  • AJ - 2011-02-08 12:14

    You know what's even crazier? The majority of these affected people will still rock up and vote for a party that they actually had to take to court before it would give their children a better education.

  • Hanz Rauch - 2011-02-08 12:27

    Maybe anything will seem like heaven compared to ANC rule in South Africa. Is that what JZ meant...? "Keep voting for us and you will definitely be happier when you die..."

  • Dave - 2011-02-08 12:28

    lets not hold our breath that it will actually happen...

  • Cire - 2011-02-08 12:34

    As long as the deluded masses continue to vote for the ANC irrespective of their corruption, incompetence and hypocrisy, nothing will get better!

  • Keketso - 2011-02-08 12:41

    They are now targeting us the JHB & PTA with toll roads charges - these guys want to make sure that when they are our of Government they have milked us like hell. Everything they do has to be connected to corruption - did you hear that the billing system(mess) they acquired, some politicians have shares in that company. Typical of Mubarak's corruption regime. Freedom

  • spiceinc - 2011-02-08 12:48

    Sad indeed because a province that fails to value education has given up on its youth. More painful is that I was born there and the province has one of the most beautiful natural sceneries around the country. There is a potential to capitalise on agriculture because the land is abundant but because there is a lack of water, a chronic dependency to the government by the people and no foresight the province looks doomed. But much as we’d like to shift the responsibility it’s up to the individuals who have advanced academically/ financially who were born in the province to plough back, Makhaya Ntini is an excellent example, I also do my part no matter how little and my question to all the EC high flyers who frequent Sandton in their lavish German SUV from their multimillion rand castles is: What have you done lately for you province?

  • Allin - 2011-02-08 13:20

    Ahhh, the pleasures of living in an ANC heaven, or is it haven?

  • coolwaynie - 2011-02-08 13:28

    Another idea..stop breeding like flies and there might not be this problem in the first place...

  • f_x - 2011-02-08 13:38

    Watch this space. There are a lot more schools like these all over SA that need major maintenance done. The National Dept of Education were made aware of all of them in 2006 already, but they are too busy making policies they can't enforce...

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