Angie sends team to aid Limpopo

2013-07-25 20:30

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.

  • Beatrice Chandia - 2013-07-25 20:30

    Does this person know the minister personally to refer to her as 'Angie' and not Motshega or Minister Motshega?

      Truth.speak - 2013-07-25 20:47

      Who cares, the bigger problem is the kids not getting educated, stay focused

      Motlogelwa Seloana - 2013-07-25 20:47

      what is written in her ID Minister or Angie?

  • Flynn Govender - 2013-07-25 20:30

    Eish don't worry Angie, the school curriculum is almost done

  • Edward Radingoana - 2013-07-25 20:48

    She survived Cabinet Reshuffle and has been instructed by his boss to make sure ANC win Limpopo, a province we have been ashamed of. Aunty 's plan and Mathale 's dismissal are just a plan of an Election Campaine. I wonder if we could just be fooled like that and waste our votes again in Limpopo but some peo are as if they have been brain washed.

  • Truth.speak - 2013-07-25 20:48

    Angie has to send senior managers but 1 brain cell Dickson Masemola stays an MEC!!!!! Only in Africa,

  • September Mphikeleli - 2013-07-25 20:54

    Teachers are on daily basis with our kids what are they doing busy with politics fighting for positions in the ANC sadtu is useless dont blame the minister only sadtu they getting fat salaries for nothing in the Province

  • Altus Kirsten - 2013-07-25 21:02

    Why appoint a department, to just double the department, because the initial department is incompetent. Typical ANC governance. Employ two people to do one person's job and then get half the job done or not at all!

  • gratton.rush - 2013-07-25 21:06

    Respect is earned does not come with the post all cultures golden rule. But agreed Zille has done a brilliant job standing up for, better than the ANC worth a read

  • Jurie Nel - 2013-07-25 21:10

    "Senior managers" is not what is needed. What is needed is skilled people who have an understanding of the challenges and a WILL to resolve the issue. I have seen very few people who fit that description amongst deployed cadres.

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