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Government focus on service delivery

Civil servants to carry out random inspections at schools to aid service delivery.

Schools to be inspected at random by civil servants.

JOHANNESBURG - The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Basic Education has called on the Basic Education Department to review its school transport policy.

Members of the committee visited farm schools in the week to assess the state of education.

The portfolio's Hope Malgas has commended the work teachers are doing at the schools but says they deal with serious challenges.

She says only children who live within a 5 kilometer radius of their school can be transported.

Malgas says some pupils leave the farm schools to go live in the city, but not for long.

The Public Service and Administration Ministry says it plans to recruit retired state employees to carry out unannounced inspections.

The ministry says inspections at schools, hospitals and police stations will become a reality.

It's hoped this will help to improve service delivery in the public sector characterised by teacher absenteeism, long waiting periods at state hospitals and negative attitudes of some public servants.

The ministry's spokesperson Ndivhuwo Wa Ha Mabaya says retired public servants who have done good work before will be brought in to assist them.