Government withdraws 88‚000 tablets from schools due to theft

14 May 2015 - 18:34 By RDM News Wire


The much-lauded programme to introduce tablets to government schools to improve the quality of education has come to an abrupt end following a spate of thefts. Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi announced today that 88‚000 tablets would be withdrawn from schools across the province after a series of burglaries.“When these people break into our schools looking for tablets‚ they end up taking other things‚” the government news agency reported Lesufi saying.He said a total of 88‚000 tablets that were handed over to schools in the province will regrettably be withdrawn.Lesufi said he was concerned at vandalism and theft at schools.“In one school they went on to set alight learners’ scripts and textbooks. It is winter‚ learners will be sitting in classrooms without windows. Teachers cannot even prepare for lessons due to vandalism of school property‚” said Lesufi.“It is sad that schools and churches are main targets when communities go on protests. We request the police to strengthen their patrolling services around schools to secure the future of our children.”-RDM News Wire

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