R14 billion for education in WC

By Drum Digital
23 March 2012

The Western Cape education department will receive R14.2 billion for the 2012/13 financial year -- 35.7 percent of the province's budget for that year.

The allocations included an extra R144.3 million for textbooks, in addition to the R240 million norms and standards funding provided for textbooks, the department said in a statement on Friday.

It said R518.3 million was set aside for the construction of new facilities and replacing "inappropriate" structures, and R95.2 million for teacher development and training.

The province allocated R203 million for transport to help pupils living in poorer rural areas get to and from school; R851.7 million for pupils with special needs and R24.2 million for the department's "Safe Schools" programme -- an increase of R1.2 million.

It budgeted R34 million to bring broadband access to every school in the Western Cape in the next two-and-a-half years.

The budget contained R25 million for an incentive programme to reward primary schools that improved the number and quality of passes in grade three numeracy testing, high schools that increased the number and quality of maths passes, and National Senior Certificate passes with access to Bachelor degree study.

The province allocated R43 million to compensate schools for fees they would not get from poor households.

The Western Cape's budget compares with R26.2 billion allocated in the Eastern Cape for education, R34.7 billion in KwaZulu-Natal and R10.04 billion in the Free State.

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