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Education to undergo drastic reforms

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the reforms will allow schools to share their resources.

Newly-appointed Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi at Gauteng Premier David Makhura's Cabinet announcement, Johannesburg, 23 May 2014. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Thursday said he will introduce drastic reforms that will allow schools to share their resources and sometimes even principals in his first tenure at the helm of education in the province.

Lesufi was responding to the budget vote debate in the Gauteng legislature and announced plans to incentivise teaching at public schools and allow pupils from across the province to have equal access to facilities.

Panyaza Lesufi has tabled a budget of 32.8 billion rand and says 75 percent of this will go towards teachers' salaries.

Lesufi says because his department is cash-strapped they will look into centralising school governing bodies and facilities using 20 schools in a pilot project.

"These schools will be controlled by one school governing body and depending on the relationship then we will elevate it to the next stage."

He says they also aim to employ one principal to oversee two schools to lower the departmental wage bill.