Western Cape splashing out on textbooks
Cape Town - The Western Cape education department will invest R466 million in textbooks over the next four years, Premier Helen Zille said on Friday.
"This is far beyond the national norm for textbook allocation," she said at the opening of the provincial legislature in Cape Town.
The intention was that every pupil - from Grades 1 to 12 - would have a textbook in each subject.
She said more than two million textbooks were delivered to schools last year.
The poorest public schools were the focus, with the province spending six times more on pupils in poor public schools compared to well-off schools.
Zille said this was bearing fruit as the Matric pass rate had improved in poor schools.
The pass rate in the poorest 20% of schools had increased from 57% to 70% last year.
A challenge was to tackle growing annual enrolment numbers, especially from the Eastern Cape and other provinces.
Zille was heckled in the legislature by the opposition, with a member shouting: "Once again, you are competing with the country."
Responding, the premier said the province was competing against its own set of standards.