By Nombongo Nxele
The Member of the Executive Council of Education MEC Fundile David Gade, handed over the Bedford Junior Secondary School in Amathole West on April 20.
The school was amongst the 33 schools that were handed over in different communities across the Eastern Cape. The Bedford Junior Secondary School was built by the Eastern Cape Department of Education using its provincial infrastructure budget at an amount of R77.6 million. As the department continues to deliver to its priorities of making sure that Teaching and Learning is taking place in conductive environment, the MEC believes that for the province to be in a better pedestal.
Gade said “Whilst we continue to call on the business sector and financial institutions to invest in our province through education as leaders of government we are duty bound to respect the public purse that we are tasked with our electorate so it’s imperative that we deliver quality services using the allocated budget.”
The Coega Development Corporation was appointed as an Implementing Agent to oversee the work on this project on behalf of the Eastern Cape Department of Education. Close to 140 people were employed on this project during the 26 month construction period, most of these were from the local labour market. This project is a shining example of quality infrastructure delivered by the Department to improve the learning and teaching experience in schools.