By Thys Khiba – Speaking to the media, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga indicated that her department was hoping to engage with Treasury to get more finances to build schools in urban areas.
“Our schools don’t come cheaply now so we don’t build blocks and say it’s a school, so it clearly takes a lot to build a school but there is a major plan and programme and I’ve been discussing with the minister of finance to say how do we assist provinces in terms of capacity?” said Motshekga.
Meanwhile, Motshekga has again encouraged parents to be patient while provinces place all children in schools.
The BED is wishing to get rid of the backlog in Gauteng province by the end of this week when it will be able to see where there are openings.
Motshekga who is in Randfontein for the first day of school this year hasn’t reported any incidents and challenges on the first day of the 2022 academic year inland schools.
Grade ones at Khuma township in Klerksdorp under Matlosana Local Municipality appeared as excited for the first time at big school, as they call it.
The spokesperson for Department of Education in North West province, Elias Malindi confirmed Tirelong Secondary School, Grade 12 learner were sent to travelling to the boarding schools with transport provided by the department since their school was not prepared to receive pupils for this academic year.
“Parents of the Grade 12 learners, signed the concerned forms agreeing that learners should be taught in a safe and conducive environment,” said Malindi.
This is was after the renovated secondary school of Tirelong experienced vandalism more than 5 times during the December 2021 recess.
“The school was again extremely vandalized during the December 2021 school recess. The criminals stole cables, water taps, school roof, books, window frames, doors, kitchen utensils, etc.”
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