Furniture, equipment to be delivered to EC school

EWN visited several schools and found some were still making use of mud classrooms with no proper furniture.

Some schools in the Eastern Cape operate out of mud houses and tin shacks with little or no furniture and resources. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Education says new furniture and equipment will be delivered to an Eastern Cape school at the centre of an Eyewitness News investigation.

The department has also provided a detailed update on the delivery of desks, chairs, classrooms and entire schools in the Eastern Cape as well as the rest of the country.

While opening Parliament in June, President Jacob Zuma singled out the province, vowing that education problems were being dealt with.

"Furniture will be delivered in all Eastern Cape schools by the middle of August 2014."

EWN visited several schools and found that some were still making use of mud classrooms with no proper furniture and lacked basic facilities like toilets.

Equal Education's Nombulelo Nyathela says they're disappointed the president has failed to deliver on his promise.

"Furniture should be delivered and we were hoping that it would have been by now."

The Department of Basic Education's Elijah Mhlanga says improving conditions in schools is a priority.

"We have a list of all the schools that have to be attended to urgently."

Government says it has comprehensive plans to continue delivering equipment to schools.

Video: Zuma breaks promise to Eastern Cape schools.