E Cape education intervention downgraded

2013-04-09 21:04
Angie Motshekga (Picture: Beeld)

Angie Motshekga (Picture: Beeld)

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Pretoria - The national education authority is to scale down its intervention in the Eastern Cape, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Tuesday.

"We are... of the view that we need to downgrade our intervention," she told reporters in Pretoria.

"We are proposing to both Cabinet and the NCOP [National Council of Provinces] that our new focus areas should remain finance and the appointment of educators."

The department visited the province last week to verify the contents of a progress report.

A company had been appointed to audit leave, and Statistics SA had been assigned do a headcount.

In March 2011, the government placed the Eastern Cape education department under administration because of inefficiency and maladministration.

Motshekga said four main problems had led to the intervention: finance, transport, school nutrition, and teacher deployment.

Progress had been made in fixing the problems.

She said the provincial department had appointed a new head of department and a chief financial officer.

More than 2 300 part-time teachers had been fully employed, and more teachers would be hired.

An amount of R130m had been made available by the province for rural allowances to encourage teachers to work in these areas.

Auditing companies were helping to sort out the books and these teams would remain for some time for the transfer of skills.

"From the report which I got from the accountants... we may not be able to get a clean audit this year because there [are] a lot of challenges."

Motshekga said the department intended replacing 510 mud schools with proper facilities.

It intended eradicating mud schools by the end of the 2014/2015 financial year.

She said the schools infrastructure backlog grant programme would supply 939 schools with sanitation, and 1 145 schools with basic water facilities.

"We have pledged 49 schools to the region by the end of March.

"We currently stand at 17. The outstanding schools are at 85% completion on average."

Nationally, an additional 200 schools would be built, sanitation would be provided to 873 448 schools, and 369 schools would be electrified.

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