THE Eastern Cape government intends eradicating mud schools in the province to provide quality education to all pupils.
Forty mud schools will have been replaced by the end of March after the completion of 62 new schools last year, premier Noxolo Kiviet said in her state of the province address on Friday.
"We are revising our approach to ... mud school eradication. The focus of the new approach is on broadening the scope and standardising the quality of delivery systems," she said.
Attention would also be given to schools with low matric pass rates to help improve them. Teachers would undergo intensive training to better their skills.
"Through the implementation of the learner attainment improvement strategy we are strengthening the effectiveness of our schooling system," Kiviet said.
"In this regard we re-iterate the message from the State of the Nation address that education and skills development are at the centre of our policies. We will pay attention to supporting schools that achieved a less than 50 percent matric pass rate.
"A provincial maths and science academy would be established."
For unemployed school leavers, Kiviet said, a joint initiative between the department of education, Daimler in Germany and the manufacturing, engineering and related services sector education and training authority had been established.
This was intended to make further education and training college graduates more "employable". - Sapa