Durban- Basic Education Angie Motshekga to urgently intervene with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education to discuss its financial crisis and schools infrastructure.
The minister has further taken stern measures, following the death of a five-year-old pupil who drowned in a pit toilet during school hours in Mbizana in the Eastern Cape last week Wednesday.
On the 28 March, the Minister will be expected to meet with the National Teachers’ Union (Natu) leadership to discuss allegations the union has made that the department misused funds.
With the evidence presented by the Union being legit and strong enough, she said she would consider establishing a forensic investigation.
According to Natu, R47.5 billion was allocated at the KZN education department for 2017/2018 financial year, as the “cash-strapped” by the department was misused and needed a strict and wise financial management going forward.
The Union has further briefed the minister with the allegations of schools not having subject teachers since the beginning of the 2018 academic year.
Natu’s deputy president, Allen Thompson has revealed that they have proof that the money is being misused on things that are mostly not important.
According to Motshekga, she agrees with the Natu as they have been experiencing a number of challenges with schools not having teachers and KZN is considered to be the most important province due to high number of pupil in schools.
“About 25% of matric candidates are in KZN. We need to make sure things do not go wrong in KZN. The non-filling of posts is a sensitive issue and needs my urgent intervention”, she said.
Furthermore the education minister will meet with the Provincial education departments to discuss issues faced by the schools provincially.