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Dept unveils new Gauteng schools

The GDE will build 14 new schools in total and restore a further 29 facilities.

FILE: As part of its plan, 14 schools will be built and 29 facilities restored by the Gauteng Department of Education before the end of the year. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - The Gauteng Department of Education unveiled three new schools in Hammanskraal, Soshanguve and Laudium on Tuesday.

As part of its provincial plan, a total of 14 schools will be built and 29 will be restored before the end of the year.

The new schools boast science labs, libraries, computer rooms and a sports field irrigated with harvested rainwater.

The three schools came at a cost of R140 million, but the department says this is the new standard going forward.

VANDALISM

The department has also raised concerns at the high rates of vandalism at schools around the province.

The newly built Steve Bikoville Primary School in Hammanskraal hasn't yet opened its doors, but has already fallen victim to criminals, with solar panels stolen off the roof.

Newly appointed principal Jack Rakoma says this is a huge concern.

"We're negotiating with the local councillor to assist us with community patrollers and we've asked the governing body to get a full-time security guard on the premises."

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