R14.2bn for Western Cape education
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.