Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has noted that the national government’s intervention in the Eastern Cape Education Department, since its announcement in March this year, has stalled.
The trigger for the intervention was the dismissal of 4 000 temporary teachers, due to non-functioning school programmes, lack of monitoring and evaluation, among other reasons, which left many pupils without teachers in the province.
The minister further acknowledged the evidence that, “…school principals fraudulently inflating the numbers of pupils at their schools… resulted in not only a larger salary for the principal but also in increased funding for feeding schemes, learning material and other things.”
Briefing a news conference on the results of the recent Cabinet Lekgotla, Motshekga assured that President Jacob Zuma will soon visit the province in an attempt to resolve what she calls an ‘impasse’.
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