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Public schools ready for teaching

MEC Barbara Creecy says they had their work cut out for them to ensure schools are prepared.

Gauteng education MEC Barbara Creey visited the Masiqhakaze Secondary School in Tembisa on Sunday 12 January 2014as part of the department's back to school cleaning-up program. Picture:Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy says schools will be ready for teaching and learning to start on Wednesday.

Creecy visited Masiqhakaze Secondary School in Tembisa on the East Rand on Sunday afternoon as part of the department's back to school cleaning-up program.

The MEC put on her boots and helped parents and school teachers to clean up the school.

Creecy has encouraged teachers and parents to assist the department in keeping the schools' infrastructure in good condition.

She says a clean learning environment will help pupils produce better results.

Creecy added that the school cleaning programme has been introduced at schools around the province and that it's all systems go for the first day of school this week.

The MEC says they had their work cut out for them to ensure schools are prepared.

"Firstly of course is the issue of admissions. Secondly the state of the infrastructure and here in Tembisa we're concerned about the state of the toilets.

"Fourthly is the issue of the curriculum. S making sure that all schools have got timetables and educators have been allocated to classrooms and to periods."

Meanwhile, in the Western Cape, teachers union Sadtu says one of its main goals for 2014 will be trying to improve teacher's skills in the classroom.

Educators will be returning to work tomorrow.

The union says certain teachers have come off the back of a difficult 2013 with teaching being affected by gang violence in areas such as Manenberg.

The organisation's Jonovan Rustin says, "We will continue with our curriculum development programme so that we train teachers to do better in the classroom. I think our programme has been running for the last three years and has shown results, especially in the matric exams.

"So therefore we will continue with that."

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