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Western Cape splashing out on textbooks

2012-02-17 17:15

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.

Comments
  • Multi - 2012-02-17 17:35

    'Zille was heckled in the legislature by the opposition, with a member shouting: "Once again, you are competing with the country."' and this is a bad thing how? The DA led Western Cape is making an effort to give pupils what they are supposed to have in order to get a decent education and the ANC is worried it'll make them look bad. Any arguments to the contrary and how how this move is a bad thing please speak up.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-17 17:45

      Zille for President. Viva Helen, Viva DA

      Blip - 2012-02-17 19:59

      Not only "competing" but winning by a country mile too.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-17 17:47

    Oh come on!!!! Are you kidding-the legislature heckled her for "competing"??? They should be glad someone is actually doing something about the state of education. Their reactions speaks for itself=stupid and dont have a clue or desire to better the country!

  • Leroy - 2012-02-17 17:58

    Where there's a Zille, there's a way...

  • Irene - 2012-02-17 19:00

    Well done Zille. Show these incompetent, corrupt, thieving ANC creeps how it's done.

  • pws69 - 2012-02-17 20:04

    Zille was heckled in the legislature by the opposition, with a member shouting: "Once again, you are competing with the country." And this brainfart is a leading light in the ANC. The same ANC where the president claims we are the only country in the world fighting corruption, in a year where we dropped several places in the corruption index. ANC retards, yet people vote for them. What does that make the ANC voter then?

  • shamielmoh - 2012-02-17 23:05

    A ROLE MODEL FOR THE REST OF SA AND AFRICA.VIVA HELEN VIVA

  • berni.venter - 2012-03-27 22:57

    Dear News24, 'Splashing out' indicates extravagant spending on luxuries. Since when are textbooks and extravagance and a luxury?

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