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R14.2bn for Western Cape education

2012-03-23 19:47

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

The allocations included an extra R144.3m for textbooks, in addition to the R240m norms and standards funding provided for textbooks, the department said in a statement on Friday.

It said R518.3m was set aside for the construction of new facilities and replacing "inappropriate" structures, and R95.2m 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; R851.7m for pupils with special needs and R24.2m for the department's "Safe Schools" programme - an increase of R1.2m.

It budgeted R34m to bring broadband access to every school in the Western Cape in the next two-and-a-half years.

The budget contained R25m for an incentive programme to reward primary schools that improved the number and quality of passes in Grade 3 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 R43m to compensate schools for fees they would not get from poor households.

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

Comments
  • Sipho Sitole - 2012-03-23 20:17

    Interesting,wow I'm just hoping it's not another stunt. I'm just wondering what the 'refugees' will get in this.

      Jessica - 2012-03-23 20:28

      The best education in the country. Throwing money at the problem is rather creating solution to future with better educated workers and leaders

      wesleywt - 2012-03-23 21:47

      Sipho how about looking about the definition of a refugee before posting something stupid.

  • braamc - 2012-03-23 20:20

    Throw money at the problem, ridiculous the amount of money spend

      HendrikAfrika - 2012-03-23 21:45

      That is the money they NEED to spend to bring the education in line with PREVIOUS standards prior to the poor national goverment management from 1994 onwards.

  • Duncan Thabiso Mphailane - 2012-03-23 20:26

    Why give them more money? The western cape department of education has enough money, they just don't want to wasted it on black children/refugees.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-03-23 21:18

      Wow... >implying that the money is going to private institutions

      HendrikAfrika - 2012-03-23 21:48

      Idiot ( that is the only rating your comment is worth), it is for the governmental schools ie for those same 'refugees' of yours. I think you should go and join them.

      Nettie - 2012-03-23 21:49

      You are so clever one can see you are not a REFUGEE.

      eleanore.hill - 2012-03-24 08:23

      Duncan think about this. The term "refugee" was used as a figure of speech. Nowhere colour was brought into it- that was added by yourself. Surely you do agree it makes more sense for a child to be schooled where he grows up and where their parents are. Due to failing education in certain area's parents are getting desperate and sending their kids away to schools where better education can be gotten. Therefore, as there aren't capable schools the kids are becoming much like "refugees" (as its the best way to describe their situation) It doesn't mean they are refugee's or classified as refugees. Now picture this. A school can only take so many students.If their are to many, they get refused at a certain standard to enter. If there are to many children the level of education will go down suffer and more children will suffer. This is a lose- lose situation for everyone regardless of race. So what should happen is school's and education should improve all round so that parents aren't forced to send their children elsewhere as if they are fleeing something bad...just like refugees. As for the Western Cape, they have excess money as they try and run it properly and less money is lost due to corruption. I am sure if you are a parent you would want just the best for your children, which is why education should be top standard everywhere and not just certain places. Your focus should be on that and not race. If we can sort out the little things in our country without mudslinging the big things in life can be achieved for everyone as a whole.

      mary.kircher - 2012-03-27 02:12

      Now Duncan, you know that is not true - they built 30 new schools in the past year - tell me which other province can claim that ?

  • Nicholas - 2012-03-23 21:29

    We'll see more refugees fleeing to the Cape for better education ..

  • HendrikAfrika - 2012-03-23 21:41

    DA, well done. Now for actual training teachers - lots and lots of bursaries for all races please. Continue your performance by doing the same for nurses. Enough Nurse training colleges and a lot of nurses trainees. Please remeber their salaries and fringe benefits. It is nurses that run hospitals, attract good candidates. Same for the teachers please. Last but not least, good quality and quantity of security - SAP and/or Metro. All these categories, teachers, nurses and police officers - remember in the old South Africa there were enough of them and of a good quality. They were drawn there by a reasonable salary but especially by long term benefits such as "job security, excellent pension and assured health schemes - not the best but they could depend on them.

  • wesleywt - 2012-03-23 21:43

    But but I thought Zille was waacist!

  • Dave - 2012-03-23 22:18

    GO!! Helen GO!!, SHOW THE REST OF RSA HOW IT CAN BE DONE.

  • Johana - 2012-03-23 23:15

    Waste of money SADTU already said they will strike.

  • Dave - 2012-03-24 00:54

    This sounds like an absurd amount of money, but if it's spent efficiently and without any corruption involved will be fantastic. Education is the key to solving many of SA's problems, I also hope they raise the standard as at present it's well below.

      Lungile - 2012-03-24 02:46

      It is a good investment - if and only if teaching can be taken more seriously. Thirty percent as a passing mark - now that's what is absurd.

  • Bomb - 2012-03-24 06:16

    WC already flooded by refugees from EC,now the Gauteng refugees, Limpoopo refugees and North West refugees will follow. Yip, poor SA citizens are becoming refugees in their own ountry due to bad governance and they are fleeing to the only properly run province in the country.You know when even the Zimbo's and Moz's run to WC, it must be really bad in the other parts of the country.

  • Karen - 2012-03-24 06:45

    What a pity that none of the budget allocated to teacher development is for teachers trying to improve their qualifications! No bursaries for prospective Honours or Master's students and no incentives such as a salary increase once the qualification is obtained! The 10% 'bonus' rewarded for qualification improvement does not even cover the cost of the course! I would love to know who will benefit from the amount of money allocated for teacher development!

  • Karen - 2012-03-24 06:46

    What a pity that none of the budget allocated to teacher development is for teachers trying to improve their qualifications! No bursaries for prospective Honours or Master's students and no incentives such as a salary increase once the qualification is obtained! The 10% 'bonus' rewarded for qualification improvement does not even cover the cost of the course! I would love to know who will benefit from the amount of money allocated to teacher development!

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