Lack of funding scuppers school exams

2013-06-06 10:18

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Chaos reigns in Limpopo schools after mid-year examinations were postponed due to a lack of funds, Beeld newspaper reported on Thursday.

Many of the province's schools were in such dire financial straits that they could not afford to print exam papers.

The problem was directly linked to the fact that schools did not receive their bi-annual subsidies, which were supposed to have been paid by 15 May.

Headmasters were notified by SMS on Monday that the exams had been suspended until further notice.

Democratic Alliance spokesperson Annette Lovemore, said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and her department had left the province's pupils in the lurch for the umpteenth time.

Bank switch

The national department had earlier taken over the administration of education in the province.

The provincial education department still had a budget deficit of R1.4bn, Lovemore said.

Schools were told they would get new timetables on Friday, with which they would have to comply.

Although only grades 10 to 12 were scheduled to write the joint exams, all other grades in primary and secondary schools were also affected, as they were also supposed to write exams.

National education spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi, said the problem was beyond the department's control, as the National Treasury had changed from one payment system to another and switched banks, and this had caused the delay in payments to schools.

"It is not true that we have no money. We are doing those money transfers one by one," he said.

Read more on:    polokwane  |  education

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.