Education getting results - Zuma

2015-12-18 19:08
President Jacob Zuma at the ANC NGC. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

President Jacob Zuma at the ANC NGC. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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Cape Town – A focused approach to education is beginning to “pay dividends” but government is aware that more still needs to be done, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

In an extensive end of year statement, Zuma reflected on a number of achievements in the sector.

He said they continued to improve access to higher education. This was becoming a challenge due to a “most welcome” increase in the number of young people seeking further education.

Funding through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme increased from R3bn to R9.5bn this year, he said.

The task team he appointed to look into funding had provided its recommendations. 

A short-term solution for the no-fee increase was already in the process of being implemented, he said.

“Early in January I will announce the commission that will look at promoting access to higher education.”

Zuma also reflected on the gains made in early childhood development (ECD) “as an investment in the future”.

Government had spent R1.8bn on ECD to date, benefiting almost a million children around the country.

As part of the accelerated schools infrastructure delivery initiative, 123 “state-of-the-art” schools had been delivered.

In addition, hundreds of schools were provided with water, sanitation and connection to a power grid.

“These interventions have been life changing to the learners and educators at these schools.”

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