Gauteng pumps R3bn more into education

2011-07-12 20:43

Johannesburg - More than R1bn of the Gauteng education department's 2011/12 budget will be spent training 21 000 teachers, building 700 classrooms and providing a free meal every day to 829 000 pupils, the department said on Tuesday.

"The [department] will spend over R1bn of its budget to improve the quality of teaching and learning in classrooms across all 1 183 under-performing primary and secondary schools," said Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy.

"One of the key ways we will do this is by focusing on teacher development. We will also strengthen school management and institutional capacity to support learning and ensure effective curriculum management and delivery," she said.

The department's budget grew to R25.9bn this financial year from R22.8bn the previous year.

Creecy said R56m would be spent training 6 500 teachers in numeracy and literacy for Grades 1 to 3.

About 5 000 teachers of Grades four to seven would receive training in the teaching of English and maths.

More than 3 500 English, maths, science and accountancy teachers for Grades eight and nine would receive training in problem areas of their curricula.

Creecy said the training of 6 000 teachers of Grades 10 to 12 began in April.

New no-fee schools

They would benefit from long-term training programmes in maths and science, she said.

About 650 principals and deputy principals had already been trained in teacher performance management, strategic planning and financial management.

Creecy said the department would establish 700 more Grade R sites and hoped to have at least 92 000 Grade R pupils by the 2012 academic year

She said R1.3bn in subsidies would be paid to schools to accommodate new pupils and new no-fee schools.

The department would spend R509.8m on the nutrition programme. This would enable 828 507 primary and secondary school pupils to receive a free meal.

Creecy said the John Orr Technical High School would be transformed into an academy for engineering and technology in a joint project with the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre and Sasol.

A collaboration with the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg would ensure a steady stream of talented and competent entrants into the engineering faculties at local universities.

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