Gauteng withdraws 88,000 tablets from schools because of theft

 ·15 May 2015

A R17 billion digital classrooms project in Gauteng is in jeopardy because of burglary and theft.

This is according to the SABC, who has reported that the Gauteng Department of Education is withdrawing as many as 88,0000 tablets from seven township schools due to a rise in the number of burglaries.

The Smart Schools paperless education project was launched in Gauteng in January.

The department had hoped to roll the project out to all Gauteng township and rural schools by the end of the 2017/2018 financial year at an estimated cost of R17 billion.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi told SABC News that he has written to the principals of schools.

“There’ve been a series of burglaries to our schools to steal the tablets that we’ve given to schools. I don’t want to jeopardise the mid-year examinations because when these people break into our schools, even if they’re looking for these tablets, they end up taking other things. ”

“It affects the entire schooling environment. So, the 88 000 tablets that we gave to our schools, unfortunately, regrettably, we’re withdrawing them now,” Lesufi said.

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