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Questions raised over govt’s plan to eradicate mud schools in EC

It remains unclear whether about 200 schools, still fighting for better learning environments, will be fixed.

FILE: Magila Senior Primary School in the Eastern Cape. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Questions have been raised about government's new deadline to eradicate mud schools in the Eastern Cape by the end of 2017.

A year after Eyewitness News exposed serious problems at Eastern Cape schools, a follow-up investigation has revealed there has been some progress, but a number of schools have seen little or no improvement.

President Jacob Zuma set August last year as the deadline to deal with furniture problems at schools in the province, with EWN revealing that little was done.

While some schools in the Eastern Cape have seen improvements in infrastructure development and basic equipment like desks and chairs, a number are still fighting for a better learning environment.

WATCH: EWN Special Report: Fighting for education [Part 1]

The Basic Education Department's Elijah Mhlanga says the aim is to eradicate all mud structures in the province over the next two years.

"The plan is to have all the mud schools eradicated by 2017."

However the Legal Resources Centre's Cameron McConnachie says the only reason government will reach it's deadline is because many schools have been cut from the list of schools in urgent need of infrastructure.

"If they were to stick to the original list, they wouldn't be able to meet the target."

While government has built over 80 schools in the Eastern Cape since 2011, it remains unclear whether around 200 schools will be fixed.

WATCH: EWN Special Report: Fighting for education [Part 2]