The Eastern Cape is the worst-affected province in terms of the number of schools built using inappropriate material. An estimated R11.3bn is required to eradicate the backlog throughout SA. In reply to a question from the EFF in Parliament, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga singled out the Eastern Cape for lagging behind in providing suitable infrastructure. The province also has the most schools without proper sanitation, while a large number of schools remain without access to electricity. Substandard infrastructure and lack of basic services are seen as barriers to quality education. The Eastern Cape has long been identified as one of the worst-performing provinces in education and this has partly been blamed on poor infrastructure and the lack of qualified teachers. Motshekga said the province had 25 schools without proper sanitation, while every other province had managed to tackle this issue. The minister said some 205 schools built using inappropriate material in the ...

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