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AN amount of R33 million has been allocated to Maths, Science and Technology as a conditional grant, said the MEC for Education, Tate Makgoe.            Photo: Mlungisi Louw

AN amount of R33 million has been allocated to Maths, Science and Technology as a conditional grant, said the MEC for Education, Tate Makgoe. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

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AN amount of R33 million has been allocated to Maths, Science and Technology (MST) as a conditional grant, the MEC for Education, Tate Makgoe, said on Friday (22/03).

Makgoe was tabling his budget vote for the 2016-’17 financial year in Welkom.

Makgoe said the R33 million will be used to provide support and resources to schools, teachers and learners for improving the teaching and learning of Maths, Science and Technology at selected schools.

The overall budget for 2016-’17 for the Free State Department of Education is R12,060 billion, an increase of R244 million on last year’s budget of R11,815 billion.

The MEC said the 2015 national senior certificate results demonstrated that learners were not doing well in English and this inevitably affected performance in other subjects adversely.

Makgoe said the department will strengthen the utility of and proficiency in English as a subject and as the Language of Learning and Teaching (LoLT), through the strategy of English across the curriculum.

“From this year, we will expose English First Additional Language (FAL) learners to more intensive written work, which will be marked centrally.

“In addition, cluster-based language training will be conducted for English FAL teachers to strengthen their language competency,” said Makgoe.

R22 million has been allocated to expand gr. R and to train Early Childhood Development (ECD) practitioners.

A further R30 million has been allocated for teacher development.

This allocation will be used to support teacher development programmes, amongst other things.

Makgoe said the department was aiming for a 90% pass rate and 40% bachelor passes for the 2016 academic year in the national senior certificate.

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