Education departments not delivering - report

2011-07-27 20:05

Johannesburg - Provincial education departments are failing to deliver solid basic services to primary schools, a report released on Wednesday by Transparency International (TI) indicated.

According to the report, "Mapping Transparency, Accountability, and Integrity in Primary Education in South Africa", governance shortfalls may lead to corruption and mismanagement of vital resources, needed to educate a new generation of South Africans.

It was found that schools received their budget allocations late.

This resulted in schools not having the required means to run their services effectively and had particular impact on the poorer non-fee paying schools.

"The governance risk in the relationship between schools and districts is medium and mainly related to integrity and transparency deficits," the report read.

"The document available on TI's website, is based on responses from more than 1 500 questionnaires completed by school staff, households, and district and provincial officials.

The questionnaires were distributed to 45 schools in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the North West.

The findings also draw on data obtained through school information cards and from focus group interviews conducted with educators, students and school councils.

There was also poor enforcement of rules and regulations by education departments. This has led to weaknesses in the effectiveness and legitimacy of their work.


A general concern among the schools' leadership over embezzlement occurring at the provincial level, was also voiced.

At school-level problem areas included low levels of participation, accountability and transparency.

According to the report, there was a lack of participation and support from parents despite efforts to involve them.

"Only one out of three of the Schools Governing Bodies (SGB's) interviewed indicated that their members attend regularly.

"There is a lack of knowledge of rules and regulations governing some key transactions at the school level, including the arrangements for school fees."

Staff absenteeism, sexual harassment, safety and infrastructure was also highlighted.

"Three out of four principals estimate that they don't have the means required to run the schools, and one out of two learners says [they are] not always provided with a desk."


About 15% of schools had no electricity and 10% no water supply.

One out of four learners indicates that the schools are unsafe and rape and violence are major problems.

Education department spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said that any report intending to improve the education system was welcomed.

"We welcome any report intended to improve the education system especially the relationship with the department, SGB's and school principals."

He said the department would study the report, but has noted that some of the issues were lacking behind new changes and policy directions introduced recently.

"However, the ministry will, after studying the report, provide a detailed analysis and response to the report," he said.

  • jock - 2011-07-27 20:11

    its taken them a long time to come to this conclusion.Look at the results of the matric exams for the past few years and the fact that there are thousands of unqualified teachers in the education dept.

      Grey B - 2011-07-27 20:32

      Yes, no real suprize there!

      squeegeepilot - 2011-07-27 20:33

      Fire the Minister! Bring back tried and tested teaching methods in the three 'R's and stop experimenting on our kids!

      Obama Bin Laden - 2011-07-27 20:40

      And they needed a report to tell them this. HA ha ha ha ha. All you can do is laugh, what else is there left to do?

      Creeky - 2011-07-27 23:51

      No SH!T.... have you guys ever read HEADLINES when the GOVT HAS DELIVERED? No SURPRISE HERE!

  • PMG - 2011-07-27 20:12

    No really,isn't this an issue the youth league should be tackling?

      Grayman - 2011-07-27 20:33

      Spot on PMG, but then it doesn't get you fancy cars and a nice $$$$ house!

      Creeky - 2011-07-28 08:37

      Youth League are to busy "RUINING" the country.... and emptying out TRUST FUNDS!!!

  • Martin - 2011-07-27 20:17

    But we know all of this stuff already. We been hearing the same for years now, and up until now you have done exactly f**kall about it so why tell us again. Huh

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  • GT - 2011-07-27 20:21

    Bloody broederbond bastards. Colonial pigs who want to keep our kids down and in forced poverty! Seriously though... this is one of the single most damaging things for our countries future. We have nothing to show for all the money being pumped into education.

      Bart Zimzon - 2011-07-27 20:41

      shouldn't it read:.....................for all the money LOOTED AND NOT being pumped into education.

      Creeky - 2011-07-27 23:54

      When was it "PUMPED IN"?????????????? I recall some STADIUMS were built... for R31 BILLION... some Amrs were bought ... for R66 BILLION... Budgets got PLUNDERED.... for a couple of TRILLION.... but education? NOTHING Bru.... still waiting.... and growing a beard.... alomst look like a MUSLIM / ZZ TOP!!!!!!!

  • Robin - 2011-07-27 20:32

    Firstly, we need EDUCATED teachers. Secondly, bring back corporal punishment, it doesn't help having teachers being scared of pupils. If they are already astray in school where do you think they will be after matric/grade 12. And of course, it helps having qualified and dare I say again, EDUCATED people employed by the Education Department.

      Creeky - 2011-07-27 23:56

      EDUCATION is the BACKBONE of the NATION!!!!!! They only give the BASICS.... they need to keep the MASSES STUPID... VOTES IN THE BANK!!!! "If you vote for ANY OTHER PARTY.... they will take your SOCIAL GRANT AWAY"............ To stupid to realise that it is BULLSH!T!!!!!!!

  • Grayman - 2011-07-27 20:32

    "and mainly related to integrity and transparency deficits" about sums it up doesn't it? Sadly this could also be said of most of the current government.

  • R.Suppards - 2011-07-27 20:53

    Tell us something new, this department hasn't delivered since 1994.

      Creeky - 2011-07-28 08:39

      Hey... it has DELIVERED matter how they got to the money... they a MILLIONAIRES ANYWAY!!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  • Benzo - 2011-07-27 20:59

    ""governance shortfalls may lead to corruption and mismanagement of vital resources,"" ...or is it the other way around: "corruption and mismanagement leads to shortfalls....""???? And SATU does not want inpsectors at check on presence and being in classes to teach.... .....and departments playing politics instead of attneding to their duties......(Been there, Seen it)

  • ProudofPink - 2011-07-27 22:11

    The ANC isn't capable of running a bath, let alone a country. It's just one stuff up after the next and the ignorant sheeple keep voting them into power, hellbent on destroying their own lives. It's actually funny.

      Creeky - 2011-07-27 23:56

      PNP... they know how to run a TRUST FUND!!!!!

  • spd123 - 2011-07-27 22:53

    The plan is to keep the sheeple uneducated so they can be indoctorated!!!!

  • Nicol - 2011-07-27 23:05

    This report is all over the place basiaclly telling NOTHING? Which schools (public, private, semi - private), which area, which grades? To the journalist who wrote the article...Learn to do investigative journalism, get the facts and only then put pen to paper.

  • Trademark - 2011-07-28 10:12

    A shocking report on the state of the country's primary schools blames poor teacher training frequent teacher absenteeism, and a critical lack of textbooks and libraries for the country's poor quality of education.

  • York Hunt - 2011-07-28 15:46

    Our government (ANC) does it again! They never cease to impress us with their own level of incompetence. Well done!(not)

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