- The Eastern Cape has a massive school infrastructure backlog, with 169 schools needing proper sanitation
- Despite this, the province has failed to spend R110 million allocated to resolve the issue
- A report revealed that the province - known for mud schools and pit latrines - has let its youth down
A damning report has exposed the failure of the Eastern Cape government to tackle its massive school infrastructure backlog.
HeraldLIVE reports that R110 million allocated to building and refurbishing schools in the region has not been spent.
The education department has only provided 44 schools with proper sanitation over the past year, out of 169 identified as needing action.
The region is infamous for mud schools and dangerous pit latrines, with an infrastructure backlog of R70 billion.
The report exposing the failure was tabled in the Bhisho legislature, with the relevant portfolio committee writing:
"Despite a huge infrastructural backlog in the province, this programme has underspent by a R110,001m in the year under review. The department has underspent on the special schools sub-programme due to slow progress on the hostel project as the contractor was not paid by the department and consequently left the site.”
Vuyiseka Mboxela, the spokesperson for Education MEC Fundile Gade, denies that the department underspent.
Mboxela insists that all funding has been allocated to projects, denying the classification as underspending.
Nevertheless, the report insists that the failure to provide students with proper sanitation is 'violation of basic human rights and human dignity'.
The report found a lack of integrity in the information supplied by the department and failure to reprimand management for transgressions, Briefly.co.za gathered.
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