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ANC endorses proposal to reduce education districts in E Cape

The African National Congress (ANC) has endorsed a proposal to significantly reduce the number of education districts in an effort to improve the state of education in the province.

The embattled Eastern Cape education department was under scrutiny during a two day provincial ANC Lekgotla that sought to find solutions to the challenges facing the province.

The state of the economy in the province and the drought were also high on the agenda. The aim is to reduce the 23 education districts in the Eastern Cape to just 12.

It is about keeping a close eye for swift action. The planned changes come after the province again recorded the worst matric results in 2015.

“The suggestion that the 23 districts be reduced to 12 that has been endorsed makes for better management and bringing closer supervision to our schools,” says ANC Provincial Chairperson Phumulo Masualle.

The Lekgotla also resolved to dispatch more resources to the drought stricken areas in a co-ordinated fashion.

“It was a critical thing that the province be declared a disaster, so that they too can be able to release resources that will respond to the evaluation of the assessments that have been done in terms of how the disaster has affected parts of the province,” says Masualle.
The ANC wants to revitalise abandoned industrial zones and have already approached private investors. These zones include Dimbaza and Queenstown.

 

– By Busisiwe Jemsana

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