Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Why this country disgusts me - Another absolute shocker

IOL: Launched eight years ago by then premier Mbhazima Shilowa, the project was meant to get Internet-run computer labs into every public school in the province.

At an estimated cost of R1-billion, the project failed dismally after five years, and the Gauteng Shared Service Centre (GSSC) tendered the project again in 2007.

SHOOT: Read the end of the article, where you see how in the process of construction they disrupted power to other classrooms, made a mess of tiling jobs, dug trenches and never filled them up and are accused of stealing:

IOL: At least 25 percent of the schools reported thefts after Gauteng Online labs had been installed, with many schools accusing the service providers of being behind the break-ins.
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The tender was awarded to a consortium, SMMT Online, which is run by one main member, Tebogo Mogashoa. The company was given R2bn over five years to get the failed project running.
"By the end of April I will challenge any media to walk into any school and not see a computer lab, except for schools that need a whole new lab built. The premier's mandate was that we finish this project by the end of the year, but we will complete it by April," Maile said.

The Star took up his challenge last week and polled more than 100 schools around Joburg. Eighty percent of them said they either had no Gauteng Online lab or had a lab that was not working.

The 20 percent that did have working labs reported frustration with the project, some saying they had no trained teacher to use the labs or that the labs have gone offline many times, and only repeated complaints got their labs working again.
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