Mud schools gone by 2015 - minister

2013-02-26 18:17

Cape Town - Two years from now, so-called "mud schools" will be a thing of the past, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga vowed on Tuesday.

"By 2015, in terms of mud schools, we should be done," she told journalists at Parliament.

Last year, her department had replaced 50 mud schools - a term used to describe mainly rural schools in a bad state of disrepair, and also referred to by the education department as "inappropriate" structures.

Motshekga said there were a total of 496 such structures.

"This financial year, we plan to [repair] another 200."

Responding to a question, she said her department was looking at "consolidating" those schools with less than 500 pupils, so it would not be necessary to replace all 496 schools.

On rural pupils who were being taught under trees because of a lack of classrooms and other facilities, she said a report was being compiled in this regard.

She could not immediately say when this problem would be resolved.

  • Stinky Spice - 2013-02-26 18:30

    Doesn't matter what it's made of, its what happens inside. Half our population live in mud houses and there's nothing wrong with it.

      John Borges - 2013-02-26 19:40

      Hopefully Angie gone by mid 2013.

      Liam Dafydd - 2013-02-26 20:27

      The ANC also said poverty and corruption will be gone by 2030. And I say there will be flying pigs as a Olympic sport by 2016.

      Kalibanache - 2013-02-26 21:50

      Holy Holy Holy please don't say you are still planning to run a mock until 2015. Cant we find another printing tender for her, she is not equipped to do her Job The future of our kids cannot remain in her hands Its a nightmare !!!

  • francoisjacques.malan - 2013-02-26 18:31

    Is consolidating another way of saying they will close a lot of schools? WC did this and there were riots!

      Kuno Tschumi - 2013-02-26 20:43

      well francois you right it is the same thing, however we seem to forget that the cANCer may do so as they are our rulers... well at least for a short time before the chinese take over. just because two people do the same thing it is by far not the same. one is allowed because it has put itself into such power and the other is not allowed because it jeopardises the power of the morons. What a disgrace to this country

  • Stinky Spice - 2013-02-26 18:34

    Go for it Angie you're the best. Dumb our kids down, they're to clever for their own good! We're already the 150th dumbest place in the world. Well done.

  • SharonE - 2013-02-26 18:38

    If they had spent the money on the schools in stead of ministerial homes and that monstrosity Nkandla, there would be no mud schools left.

  • Mdevour Station - 2013-02-26 18:45

    Angie is a stand up comedian

  • Bongeka - 2013-02-26 18:48

    We've been hearing that from 1994. I'll see it when it happens.I think next time government leaders should deliver first then brag about something that we all can see. We've heard too many unfullfilled promises.

  • bcluley - 2013-02-26 19:03

    Very true they will be gone cause DA will be in power next year.hope all these ANC pigs burn

  • Bongeka - 2013-02-26 19:04

    Promises are like babies: easy to make, but hard to deliever.

  • Ivan Goodman - 2013-02-26 19:06

    CON ARTIST Is this the Re-mix, or the same old song we've been hearing?you starting with your election lies,trying to gain votes next year.

  • djkutrage - 2013-02-26 19:11

    we tired of promises cdre we want action like the u did in nkandla we r gatvol of empty promises aowa .

  • tony.koen - 2013-02-26 19:18

    More election promises for votes that will have been forgotten and not fulfilled by 2015

  • Mphotant Thelejane - 2013-02-26 19:19

    Dear Minister Thank you for this lucrative yet sour incompetent statement if not re-assurance to South African's. Has your integrated approach to acceleration of services in education standard improved since approved? Your promises are nothing new but a shame to read about. I must admit that through your leadership education system has deteriorated nothing but a reflection of true incompetence. I ask myself if you including those reporting to you have at any stage asked for assistance to be subjected on performance enhancement process for it is evident that nothing under your weave and shade can rescue our children, brothers and sisters from the shenanigans and shambles of you have dipped them into. Yours not impressed. Citizen

      Kuno Tschumi - 2013-02-26 20:47

      @mphotant - well said, however you have to put this into simple English, otherwise Angie will not understand. Remember the average educational standard of our government is Grade 5.

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  • Michael Jackwood - 2013-02-26 19:35

    This government is not ready to listen to people, at another school in limpopo, R700,000,00 tender was awarded to someone, what he did was to paint three classrooms and fix gutters, thats all, that money could have build classrooms for that very same school as learners dont have classrooms. Where is the wisdom in this whole excersize? How can tax money be spent like this?

  • MrGrumpy - 2013-02-26 19:50

    This retard couldn't get textbooks delivered in 11 months. How is she ever going to live up to her latest promise?

  • deon.duplessis.144 - 2013-02-26 20:11

    @Bongeka, nicely put ;) Talk is cheap, but money buys the whiskey

      Bongeka - 2013-02-27 04:27

      Thanks Deon. But that's what she does best, making empty promises.

  • Thembalethu Mdumane KaNtoyanto - 2013-02-26 20:15

    She failed to deliver textbook in 11 months and how the hell wud she deliver that??? Only stupid n dump ppl like her wud bliv her. If she was my mother I wud disown her. Anc spends millions o rand celebrating for elections n spending money on tht shower-head instead of building our country.

  • Stephen Michaels - 2013-02-26 20:35

    do us a favor leave this to some who can deliver, 2015 is another lame excuse.....hang your head in shame!

  • bertus.pretorius.1 - 2013-02-26 20:47

    Yay! Can we all get a flying pony as well?

  • tiaan.vanderberg.75 - 2013-02-26 20:51

    is that a wig on her head?

  • joe.irwin.50 - 2013-02-26 21:01

    Sorry dear lady, but I for one don't believe you.

  • Sarah - 2013-02-26 21:02

    Ok, so this is school closures for which the Western Cape ANC so SEVERELY criticised the W Cape government?

  • elkita.robbertse.96 - 2013-02-26 21:34

    Lies,lies and more lies.The ANC is professionals in lying.

  • Janine Pretorius - 2013-02-26 21:39

    Why don't they rather spent more money on schools that actually are functional and gets good matric results? The schools in the rural areas are just going to take that money and waste it like always...

  • john.tex.395 - 2013-02-26 21:56

    You joking this is a minister looks like my washing lady

  • Mandy Casey - 2013-02-26 22:06

    By 2015 mud schools will be gone, the children will all be under the trees. Also by 2015 Angie will be gone too. No doubt minister of something else - redeployed.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2013-02-26 22:11

    Dont forget to supply text books in time,damn disgrace of an agent.

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2013-02-26 23:18

    oh my God, look at that face, she could be used as an extra in "Evil dead 2"

  • D_MAN - 2013-02-27 09:17

    Didn't they say in 2005 that there would be no mud schools by 2012???? Oh how the empty promises keep being repeated. When a new minister come in one day then she will say there will be no more mud schools by 2020 and so it will keep on going.

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