Education dept denies it's not delivering

2013-11-19 12:40

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Cape Town - Claims that government is failing to deliver on its education mandate are baseless, the basic education department said on Tuesday.

"The department... rejects [the] court threat relating to delivery on its mandate," it said in a statement, in an apparent reference to moves by the Western Cape-based Progressive Principals' Association (PPA) to take it to court over problems in the education system.

According to reports, the PPA is set to sue government for allegedly failing to properly tackle a range of education problems, including poor literacy and numeracy skills among pupils, and delivery of learning material.


But the department said on Tuesday it had made progress in many areas since 2009. It cited the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative in the Eastern Cape as an example of such progress, saying it had handed over more than 40 schools in the province.

"In excess of 6 957 jobs have been created in the building process with expenditure of R1.28bn to date."

The number of Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres registered with the national department had increased to 19 500.

"By June [this year], 11.3 million children had been accessing the ECD grant."

On its school nutrition programme, it said this provided meals to more than nine million pupils in over 21 000 schools around the country.

On the Integrated School Health Programme, it said this was being scaled up to reach about 12 million pupils over the next five years. More than 50 million workbooks were distributed every year.

"We call upon those making baseless claims [to] acquaint themselves with the facts before publishing falsehoods that mislead the public," the department said.

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