Parly: KZN Edu must address issues before schools open

Parly: KZN Edu must address issues before schools open

Parliament wants the KZN Department of Education to sort out several issues before schools reopen later this month.

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The Portfolio Committee on Education says it's concerned about the provision of water, completion of the placement of pupils and the filling of vacant posts.

Committee chairperson Bongwiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba says learner transport is also an issue.

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"The department is supposed to be providing to about 138 000 learners and currently they are only providing for about 68 000 and there is about 70 000 learners who are on the waiting list. 

"That is worrying us because it means that the parents are struggling actually to get their children to school."

She says if the department has budgetary constraints, it must approach national Treasury. 

KZN Education's Kwazi Mshengu says they are dealing with the problems.

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"Indeed there are a few touch-ups that we are busy with at the moment and are working around the clock to ensure that comes the 15th we are ready for schools reopening. We welcome the visit by the parliament and we appreciate the work that they are doing."

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