MEC MATSEMELA INSTRUCTS INFRASTRUCTURE OFFICIALS TO SPEED UP DELIVERY OF SCHOOLS
The North West Education MEC, Mmaphefo Matsemela in no uncertain terms instructed the Infrastructure Officials to speed up the delivery of schools to the communities at a meeting attended by School Principals and School Governing Bodies at Mmabatho High School Hall, Mafikeng on Tuesday, 20 August 2019.
The purpose of the meeting was to identify challenges and come up with time frames to resolve those problems. The schools who attended the meeting were given an opportunity to indicate their challenges and they ranged from building of new schools, renovation of schools, provision of mobile classrooms, and many more.
The North West Education MEC, Mmaphefo Matsemela indicated that they are fully aware of the infrastructure backlog faced by the department.
“We are working on a programme of eradicating inappropriate structures in our schools through an infrastructure programme called “infrastructure beyond sanitation”. This programme is mainly focused on attending to all infrastructural challenges faced by schools in our province”, said MEC Matsemela.
MEC Matsemela highlighted that the department has been allocated R904, 712 million to improve the quality of school infrastructure in the province for the current financial year. She further indicated that the budget is to ensure that all learners in the province have access to facilities that are conducive for the provisioning of quality teaching and learning.
MEC Matsemela further highlighted that there were eight schools which were completed and occupied: Alabama Primary, Are Aganeng Primary, Koster Primary, Mokgareng Senior Secondary, Mosikare Senior Secondary, Sedumedi Primary, Maiketso Primary and Shupu Primary School.
“Construction for Huhudi Primary and Thulare Secondary Schools will be commencing in this financial year and three new school hostels are budgeted for this financial year namely: Lykso (already under construction), Rysmierbult Mega Farm School and Geysdorp Secondary School (both at planning stage)”, said MEC Matsemela.
MEC Matsemela closed the meeting by saying it is totally unacceptable for schools to be build for more than five years and contractors should finish construction within an agreed period.