Infrastructure backlog will haunt Gauteng education

Alan Fuchs MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Education

It will take at least R7 billion spent over a period of 17 years to alleviate the current backlog in infrastructure in the Gauteng Education Department.

This was revealed by the Head of Department for Education, Mr Boy Ngubeni, during a recent Portfolio Committee meeting.

Poor infrastructure has been evident in oversight visits to schools carried out by the Committee.

Many schools in the province do not have administration blocks, science laboratories, school halls, sports facilities, music rooms or sufficient furniture. Additionally, the dignity of learners is diminished due to insufficient and non-functioning toilet facilities.

At a public meeting held in Shoshanguve recently, a clearly irritated MEC Panyaza Lesufi indicated that the backlogs existed because of apartheid planning.

While there is an element of truth to this, what the MEC conveniently forgot to say to cheering ANC members, is that in the last 20 years – he and his comrades have been in charge.

Despite hundreds of billions of rands spent, little progress has been made in dealing with the infrastructure backlog. In addition, the MEC and party have bequeathed this province and country an education system that does not produce quality outcomes.

The MEC went on to contradict his HOD by claiming that the infrastructure backlogs will be dealt with in the next 7 years.

Can one trust an MEC that bizarrely marches on his own office in concert with protesters complaining about infrastructure backlogs? Let’s see what PR stunt he next pulls.