The Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (Asidi) has failed to meet its targets to deliver quality infrastructure, say lobby groups Section 27 and Equal Education. President Jacob Zuma praised the Department of Basic Education during his state of the nation address last week, saying the government had given SA’s children dignity by building modern schools to replace "mud structures and other inappropriate buildings through the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative". The president also said the initiative had seen the eradication of 173 inappropriate structures since 2011. He said 895 new schools now provided a "conducive learning environment for our children". Developed in 2011, Asidi was supposed to tackle the school infrastructure backlog by 2015 and build safe and sanitised schools with electricity water. Equal Education spokeswoman Leanne Jansen-Thomas said spending of Asidi funding had been "terribly" slow and the meeting of targets "pitiful"....

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