104 KZN schools not ready to reopen

104 KZN schools not ready to reopen.
104 KZN schools not ready to reopen.
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At least 104 schools in KZN will take a delayed approach to reopening as they're not ready.

This was revealed by premier Sihle Zikalala who, together with education MEC Kwazi Mshengu, addressed the media in Durban yesterday.

Zikalala said KZN has the biggest system of education in the country with 6,148 schools, 90,000 educators and over 2.8 million pupils.

"Out of 6,148 schools, it is pleasing to report that over 6,044 schools are now ready to reopen tomorrow because all the non-negotiables have been met. A total of 104 schools are not yet ready and will therefore have a delayed opening," he said. He reaffirmed that there were a number of schools that were still facing challenges in relation to water provision. Mshengu told Sowetan's sister publication, Sunday Times, on Friday that about 150 schools in the uMkhanyakude, Ugu and Zululand districts were struggling with the provision of water.

Mshengu said the department would deploy the defence force to help provide water to schools in the affected regions.

The reopening of schools in the province was shrouded in controversy after claims of theft and fraud surfaced this week when 60,000 items of personal protection equipment (PPE) worth millions disappeared but then mysteriously reappeared. The equipment was destined for offices and schools in Umlazi, Pinetown and Zululand. At least 20,000 pieces of equipment remained unaccounted for.

Zikalala emphasised there would be no compromise regarding the safety and well-being of pupils and teachers.

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