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MEC Lesufi opened newly built classrooms

Article by: Dumisane Dube

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Tuesday opened a newly built block of classrooms at Bordeaux Primary School in Randburg as part of the departments plans to build classrooms that will alleviate pressure in identified areas.

“This newly built structure demonstrates that the model of a decentralised budget for schools in high pressure areas, with credible SGBs which are capable of implementing such a project, is indeed working. We are excited that this project took about four months to complete and we hope all other upcoming projects will also not take long to complete,” said MEC Panyaza Lesufi.

According to the department of education, the newly built classrooms will accommodate more than 350 learners.

“We wish to reiterate that, to deal with the pressure of placements in high pressure districts, the Department is investing in building more classrooms. An amount of R240 million that has been transferred to schools will assist with the construction of classrooms.

Accordingly, these funds will enable the construction of 229 classrooms in identified primary schools and 270 classrooms in identified high schools,” said Lesufi.

Lesufi also added that all Grade 1 learners have been placed successfully.

“We are hopeful that the remaining 202 Grade 8 learners in the Johannesburg Central will be placed by the end of January 2022. Since the opening of the Late Registration on 12 January 2022, we have placed 22 664,” he said.

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