Pandor pleased with education partnership

Chester Makana

Chester Makana

Education Minister Naledi Pandor is delighted with the effect the public-private partnership has on the development of education in the country.

Pandor officially opened an administration block at Ligege Secondary in Duthuni, Thohoyandou, yesterday.

She was visiting the Vhembe district in Limpopo at the invitation of Kagiso Trust and Absa, the brains - and driving force - behind the Beyers Naude Schools development programme.

The programme was established to develop the infrastructures of schools in the area with the aim of improving mathematics and science education.

"As education department we believe that the programme is doing well because, through it, our pupils have steadily been improving their results," Pandor said.

But she said an investigation conducted by her department had found that 6500 schools were in a "worrying state".

"I believe that with the partnership we have established with the private sector we will be able to move a gear up to produce outstanding results," she said.

Pandor said her department was planning to spend R2,7billion in the current year to improve and modernise schools.

Principal Calvin Neswiswi of Lwamondo Secondary School, one of schools that have benefited from the programme, said since they received their computer centre four years ago their results had improved significantly.

Chief operating officer at Kagiso Trust, Themba Mola, said they were pleased to report that they had already spent R56million on the educational programme.

"We will spend more than R100million to implement a comprehensive Beyers Naude Schools development programme," Mola said.

Riah Phiyega, an Absa executive, told Sowetan that the banking institution was planning to spend R20million in the next five years to continue their partnership with Kagiso Trust.

Phiyega said the bank was motivated and inspired to invest in education since it was one way of addressing the challenges facing the country.