Gauteng government to build more schools due to high demand

Gauteng government to build more schools due to high demand

Thembisa Shologu

In response to the recent learner placement challenges and the rising demand for new schools, the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) will in the next ten years build 100 new schools.

Premier David Makhura said: “Fifty percent (50%) of these schools will be built in the next five years. We will re-open 70 schools that were closed during the years when township schools were avoided by parents and were not attracting enrolment numbers.”

“In light of changes in the economy and the demands for new skills, we are expanding the offerings in technical skills through investment in technical schools and schools of specialisation. By 2025, every district will have at least two schools of specialisation that are linked to the 10 high-growth sectors,” said Makhura

Universal access to Grade R for all children aged 4-6 remains the provincial government’s goal during this decade. This is to enhance the performance of learners in the foundation phases.

“Over the next five years, we will increase enrolment in Grade R from 149 000 in 2019 to 216 000 by 2025. By 2030, the provincial government will support 300 000 learners in Grade R,” said Premier Makhura.  

Furthermore, Government has taken urgent steps working together with School Governing Bodies (SGBs) and law enforcement agencies to strengthen school safety.

“This includes reviewing rules governing school trips, conducting regular searches to remove dangerous weapons and tackle the scourge of drugs. We are safeguarding the future of our nation by protecting our children,” said Makhura.

SOURCED FROM THE GAUTENG PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT WEBSITE.

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