Angie sends team to aid Limpopo

2013-07-25 20:30
Angie Motshekga (Picture: Beeld)

Angie Motshekga (Picture: Beeld)

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Polokwane - Additional senior managers have been sent to Limpopo to help resuscitate the province's education department, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Thursday.

"As part of strengthening the support for the province, the department of basic education has released four senior managers to come and work with the administrator," Motshekga told reporters in Polokwane.

"The team will provide support in key critical areas, especially curriculum support, leaner/teacher school support material, teacher development stakeholder relations, and financial support."

The minister was in Limpopo to brief the new Education MEC Dikeledi Magadzi.

Magadzi took over the portfolio from Dickson Masemola during a provincial executive reshuffle by newly appointed Premier Stanley Mathabatha last week.

The Limpopo education department was placed under administration in 2011.

Motshekga said she was also in the province to get an update on the department's performance.

In 2012, the department failed to deliver textbooks and others support materials to schools. This year, some schools were still complaining that they had not received textbooks.

Motshekga said the department was faced with a huge infrastructure backlog and the problem was compounded by budget cuts by the provincial treasury.

"I learnt that because of financial difficulties, the province has closed [the] budget on infrastructure, so they have not been receiving [a] budget, that’s why there's a complete collapse of infrastructure," she said.

Motshekga had ordered the head of administration Mzwandile Mathews and senior officials to develop a proposal to secure funds, which would be submitted to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

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