KZN unveils programme to fast-track classroom delivery

Posted On Tuesday, 30 November 2004 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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The KwaZulu-Natal Education Department has unveiled an ambitious multi-billion Rand programme to expedite the delivery of classrooms

Thabo Mbeki The KwaZulu-Natal Education Department has unveiled an ambitious multi-billion Rand programme to expedite the delivery of classrooms and ensure that by March next year there will be no child learning under a tree in the province.
This multi-pronged programme will cost the government R4.6 billion.
The programmed unveiled by Acting CEO Themba Ndlovu and presented to the legislature today by Education MEC Ina Cronje, is divided into two sections.
The first one seeks to make sure that by March next year no pupil will be learning under trees in the province.
This is in line with the deadline set by President Thabo Mbeki in his state of the nation address early this year that committed his government to ensuring that by March next year, no child would be learning under a tree.
However this programme is to be implemented by provincial departments of education.
All in all there are 108 schools in the province where a total of 364 pupils are learning under trees.
Mr Ndlovu said a total of R65. 5 million had been set aside to deal with this aspect of the challenges facing learners.
He said the building programme would be hastened to ensure that the deadline of March was met and in cases where this was impossible "mobile" classrooms would be erected as a temporary measure.
Schools facing the problem of pupils learning under tress are mainly rural with Uthukela District having the highest number of 43, with eMpangeni having 16, Umzinyathi having 11 and Ulundi region having only one.
Mr Ndlovu described such schools as a situation where children were physically learning under a tree, or where there were learning in a cow or horse shed or any structure not meant for education.
The other category is where there is a proper school but because of the shortage of classes some pupils had to be taught outside in the open.
A total classroom shortage in the province, including pupils learning under tress, stands at 14 600.
To deal with the backlog in both categories, a total budget of R4.6 billion had been put aside for the 2004/2005 financial year.
Ms Cronje said this budget would also cater for schools without adequate sanitation facilities (1 300), those without adequate potable water supply (766) and schools without electricity that stand at 275. 

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