Gauteng Education MEC must explain missing R 17.8 million for Noordgesig Primary

By Khume Ramulifho MPL DA Shadow MEC: Education:

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi must explain where R 17.8 million allocated for renovations at the Noordegesig Primary school was spent?

During an oversight visit to the school, the DA was shocked to find that renovations and rehabilitation at the school have not yet started.

In its first quarter report for 2015/16 the Gauteng education department reported that R 17.8 million was spent on renovations at the school, and that the project was completed.

This is clearly not the case.

Noordgesig Primary is amongst 56 schools prioritized by the Education department for rehabilitation and renovation.

Allocating funds to a project and reporting its completion without any results reeks of corruption – similar to the sanitation project piloted by MEC Lesufi where funds were squandered and nothing was done.

Education is pivotal to realizing a better future for Gauteng’s learners. Unless proper infrastructure is put in place and the department delivers on its mandate, children in our province will be denied a better life.

Poor infrastructure conditions equates to poor learning.

The DA will visit more of the 56 schools identified for renovations and ensure that the department makes good on its promise.

Gauteng’s children deserve better education, and the DA will be at the forefront to ensure that this ideal is realised.