E Cape financing non-existent pupils

2011-08-20 12:33
Port Elizabeth - The Eastern Cape department of education has lost millions of rands financing pupils that do not exist, the Daily Dispatch reported on Saturday.

Department superintendent-general Modidima Mannya told the newspaper that the manipulation of pupil numbers could benefit principals, teachers, officials as well as school suppliers.

"There are cases in which suppliers work with departmental officials and make claims for 'ghost' learners and share the cut. Such things do happen," he said.

The department pays subsidies to schools depending on its financial status. In poorer schools the department finances each pupil with R855 every year. They also pay out R2.02 per pupil a day for school feeding and R16.80 per pupil a day for scholar transport.

A principal’s salary is determined by the size of the school. The salary of a principal of a small school ranges between R251 000 and R352 000 per year, while bigger schools’ principals earn between R361 000 and R578 000.

"This does not necessarily suggest that a school principal is always involved in inflating learner numbers, as much as we are aware this could benefit him, as well as his staff complement which increases according to total enrolment figures," Mannya said.

Departmental officials found a school in Mthatha with only six pupils yet records claimed there were 702 at the school.

Education director-general Bobby Soobrayan said that school had cost the department almost R2m last year.

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