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Mud to bricks: A review of school infrastructure spending and delivery

In 2011 an out of court settlement was reached in which the government undertook to spend R8.2 billion over three years to refurbish 'mud schools' in the Eastern Cape. The case was hailed as a victory, but then the real work had to start.

The Centre for Child Law commissioned this study to track school infrastructure spending and delivery. The report makes the concerning finding that the national Department of Basic Education has woefully underspent the School Infrastructure backlog grant for two years running. The ASIDI target for the number of schools to be built in 2011/12 and 2012/13 was 49, however only 10 had been completed by the end of the first year.

The report predicts that at the current delivery rate, a realistic timeframe for the eradication of schools with inappropriate structures is probably 2023/24. The report makes recommendations which if followed, could shorten the delay significantly.

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