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Education Minister Naledi Pandor made a shock discovery that pupils in some schools in Mpumalanga did not have desks in their classrooms.
She had made a surprise visit to some schools in the province yesterday.
Pandor visited Thembeka, Siphindile and Khaliphani high schools and later Lekazi primary school without prior appointment. The schools are all in KaNyamazane, near Nelspruit.
Accompanied by provincial head of department Ray Tywakadi, the minister said the purpose of her visit was to assess the state of readiness for teaching and learning in the province.
She said though she was happy with the pupils being taught on the first day at school, she was disappointed to learn that some schools did not have furniture.
At Thembeka, the minister found that grade 8 pupils did not have tables and had to write their school work on the floor.
"I am not happy with the state of readiness for teaching and learning at Thembeka because while classrooms were dirty, some classrooms did not have furniture," said Pandor.
Thembeka is one of the schools that performed well last year with a 73percent matric pass rate.
Pandor also expressed disappointment at many parents who came to register their children yesterday, saying that registration should be done during September to October every year.
Mpumalanga Premier Thabang Makwetla visited two schools in the deep rural Nkomazi region yesterday.
Makwetla, who was accompanied by MEC for education Siphosezwe Masango, Nkomazi executive mayor John Mavuso, and provincial chairman of the house of traditional leaders Sipho Mahlangu, called on pupils to work hard.
They visited Mntimandze and Ka-Mhlushwa secondary schools and Sidlamafa Trusts.
"The sky is the limit.
"You are skilled in many ways and nothing is impossible so you may succeed if you get committed," said Makwetla.