Manuel: Money isn't the problem

2012-08-15 22:41
Trevor Manuel (Sapa)

Trevor Manuel (Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


Zuma urges nation to embrace NDP

2012-08-16 08:49

President Jacob Zuma has urged all South Africans to embrace the revised National Development Plan (NDP). WATCH

Cape Town - Additional resources will not solve key problems such as poor education, Planning Minister Trevor Manuel said on Wednesday.

"It's not so much how much money you throw at the problem, it's how you transform the system," Manuel told media after he handed the National Development Plan to President Jacob Zuma.

Manuel said the plan's objective of transforming the economy was dependent on the quality of education.

The minister conceded there were instances where additional financial support was needed, but there should be less focus on how much it would cost.

The way spending and accountability happened should be prioritised.

Deputy National Planning commission chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa concurred, saying accountability should come from the top where schools were concerned.

"One of the problems we found in education is the leadership of the schools. Once you resolve the issue of leadership in schools, you've actually solved more than 60 percent of the problems," said Ramaphosa.

He said it was time principals were treated as the chief executive officers of schools.

"I'm satisfied that with this type of proposal that principals [who are the CEOs of school] be held accountable. That CEO will ensure that teachers are then held accountable," said Ramaphosa.

First thousand days

A proposal to link a percentage of teachers' salary increases to pupil performance has been dropped from the NDP.

It has been replaced with a proposal to give financial incentives to schools that show a significant improvement on their annual results.

The original idea did not find favour with the department of education, which considered it difficult to implement.

It was pointed out that ultimately student performance depended on a range of socio-economic conditions, and not solely teacher skills.

The commission said its new proposal would in practice benefit poor schools, since wealthier schools already generally fared well and would therefore show a smaller margin of improvement.

Manuel on Wednesday used education as an example of how the NDP would work.

"We describe how to weave a plan out of the strands of policy. We identify a series of issues and find linkages," he said.

Manuel said the broad objective of transforming the economy depended on the quality of education from an early age.

"The commission as a whole recognises that nutritional support is fundamentally important for cognitive development in young children. The experts say the first thousand days are important," he said.

"The commission accepts that and we then say getting nutritional support to children from birth is fundamentally important. It's not an optional thing."

School nutrition programmes in provinces like the Eastern Cape had collapsed.

"It works in some areas and in some areas not. You've got to understand why it doesn't work and you've got to deal with the problem," said Manuel.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    cyril ramaphosa  |  trevor manuel  |  politics  |  education  |  parliament 2012
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Wallabies win, Boks to face Wales
Scots beat Samoa, end Japan's dream
Woodcock's career ended by injury
Major Payne as Ireland lose star centre
Traffic Alerts

The phrase for today is:”Out of the blue.” Expect the unexpected and work with the changeable energy. Your intuition is more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.