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MEC's promise of 'computers for all' hollow

By unknown | Apr 30, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

The MEC for education in Mpumalanga, Siphosezwe Masango, is "haunted" by his promise that by 2008 all pupils in the province would have access to computers.

Masango promised in April 2006 that every pupil in the province would have access to a computer by 2008, but this has not happened. Apparently not even a quarter of the province's schools have computers.

The MEC's spokesman, Hlahla Ngwenya, said administratorsin the department were to blame for the MEC's failure to fulfil his promise.

"It is the duty of any official accompanying the MEC to a school to make sure that any promise made by the MEC is carried out. Otherwise there should be a reason why such a promise is not kept," he said.

Masango has apparently not been updated about the current state of affairs.

"We will certainly follow this up. We will check how many schools have received computers and how many have still to receive theirs so that we can make good on the promise."

Masango made the promise at the Nkangala Comprehensive School in 2006 in KwaMhlanga. He had gone there to congratulate teacher Farirai Rufethu who had won the Telkom, Sowetan, Maths and Science Teacher of the Year Award.

As part of his prize, Rufethu won a computer centre with 20 computers and a science laboratory for his school.


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