Two Billion for Gauteng's Classroom Future Project
Pretoria - Gauteng's new MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, says the province is to invest R2 billion on a project to create classrooms of the future.
With the project, each pupil would have a tablet and internet connectivity from their desks, and would interact with their teachers in real time.
MEC Lesufi made the announcement during a visit to Laudium Secondary School, west of Pretoria, on Monday.
According to MEC Lesufi, teachers will no longer have to carry books to mark -- this will be done on the computer.
With the project, school books will be replaced by e-books, and pupils will never have to carry, or share textbooks again.
Hinting on school safety, MEC Lesufi said he is determined to fight gangsterism in schools as well as lawlessness.
He gave an undertaking that within 100 days in office, the top 10 drug lords in the province would be profiled and caught.
"We want to identify the top 10 gangsters operating in our schools, and we give ourselves 100 days to deal with them," he said.
He also sent a stern warning to pupils, who put themselves in compromising positions while in uniform, and then posted pictures onto social networks.
He said a permanent learner tribunal has been established to deal with this. The MEC said they will sit daily and go into social networks to look for learners who want to embarrass the school uniform.
Since his appointment as MEC, Lesufi has been visiting schools to get first-hand experience of the situation in schools.