Gauteng pumps R3bn more into education

2011-07-12 20:43

Johannesburg - More than R1bn of the Gauteng education department's 2011/12 budget will be spent training 21 000 teachers, building 700 classrooms and providing a free meal every day to 829 000 pupils, the department said on Tuesday.

"The [department] will spend over R1bn of its budget to improve the quality of teaching and learning in classrooms across all 1 183 under-performing primary and secondary schools," said Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy.

"One of the key ways we will do this is by focusing on teacher development. We will also strengthen school management and institutional capacity to support learning and ensure effective curriculum management and delivery," she said.

The department's budget grew to R25.9bn this financial year from R22.8bn the previous year.

Creecy said R56m would be spent training 6 500 teachers in numeracy and literacy for Grades 1 to 3.

About 5 000 teachers of Grades four to seven would receive training in the teaching of English and maths.

More than 3 500 English, maths, science and accountancy teachers for Grades eight and nine would receive training in problem areas of their curricula.

Creecy said the training of 6 000 teachers of Grades 10 to 12 began in April.

New no-fee schools

They would benefit from long-term training programmes in maths and science, she said.

About 650 principals and deputy principals had already been trained in teacher performance management, strategic planning and financial management.

Creecy said the department would establish 700 more Grade R sites and hoped to have at least 92 000 Grade R pupils by the 2012 academic year

She said R1.3bn in subsidies would be paid to schools to accommodate new pupils and new no-fee schools.

The department would spend R509.8m on the nutrition programme. This would enable 828 507 primary and secondary school pupils to receive a free meal.

Creecy said the John Orr Technical High School would be transformed into an academy for engineering and technology in a joint project with the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre and Sasol.

A collaboration with the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg would ensure a steady stream of talented and competent entrants into the engineering faculties at local universities.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-07-12 21:05

    Eish, this is indeed very much good news on the face of it. But hau, how much money is being wasted because the mental like attitude of the Malema type idiots burn down and destroy classrooms in under-performing primary and secondary schools? And do we really need to spend such big amounts of money to help kids get 30% to pass? If you ask me, it's just another brick in the wall..........

  • Andrea Naude - 2011-07-12 21:12

    I welcome this but I'm just absolutely gob-smacked and amazed that the principles, teachers etc got to those positions and CAN'T DO A thing> sack THE BLOODY INCOMPETENT PEOPLE. This is a frightening chaotic mess.

  • Reinier - 2011-07-12 21:19

    Eishh , so many loot and a free meal ?? '' Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach him to catch one and feed him for life''

  • ilollipop - 2011-07-12 21:22

    The way to improve education is to increase the pass percentage to 50% and to get the teachers to write the exams at the same time as the learners. Teachers really should have no qualms about writing exams on the topics that they have been lecturing. On the other hand you can't have lecturers not being able to pass the exams they are preparing the children for.

      POLLENYS - 2011-07-12 22:00

      That is the shocking truth.

  • Azizi - 2011-07-12 21:41

    Grade R facilities very important as they are almost non-existant in the townships.

  • Ldn_saffa - 2011-07-12 21:57

    I can just see it now! 3bn Jackpot!! All those ANC politicians rushing around like headless chickens trying to set up businesses, albeit in relatives names, in time to catch the government 'goldrush' tendering process. Lekker man!! Aag sorry Julius but its only Gauteng hey, maybe Limpopo next time see.

      ivan - 2011-07-12 22:23

      I agree with you.

  • K-NINE - 2011-07-12 22:00

    Sorry! - But it's like feeding fillet steak to the dogs!

  • ivan - 2011-07-12 22:14

    Everything sounds very good, but who manage this big projects. People who are incompetent again.

  • Wishbone - 2011-07-13 00:32

    Huge sums of money! What are the chances that it will be spent wisely with proper controls?

      Marcell - 2011-07-13 04:31

      None, as it is done by the ancESTORAL clowns.

  • Joe - 2011-07-13 00:58

    NOTHING will come of this money, mark my words.

  • Mark - 2011-07-13 05:08

    money down the drain!

  • Kosmonooit - 2011-07-13 06:47

    Whilst the general idea of putting this volume of (public) money into education can be commended, surely its an issue of Quality? Talented teachers need to be attracted to and retained by the public school system, that means better pay packages and benefits. All we are going to get here is leagues of mediocrity enjoying sheltered employment. There is also another concern: how much of this money is going to grafted out the door in plushy contracts to pals? Sad but true... we are getting to the stage where any state tender is bound to be corrupt, essentially because there is no level playing field, the processes are essentially skewed, unjust, and discriminatory.

  • Mordor-isSA - 2011-07-13 07:26

    Where does the other 20 odd billion go too?????

      Jules - 2011-07-13 15:30

      erm..... how about salaries and the actual running of the schools throughout the entire province.

  • Willem van Rensburg - 2011-07-13 08:30

    You can't just trough money at the problem. It wont go away by itself. Currently children not going to school has better results than the once going to school. It will not help the government to stay in power if people are educated. (one of Bobs lessons). So our education department uses methods that has proven to be a failure and discarded long ago. How can we trust our children s future in the hands of people who aren't to clever themselves.

  • bar-one - 2011-07-13 08:32

    Mek de pokket beegah

  • claudevn - 2011-07-13 09:50

    AWESOME!!! So once again a few hundred or thousand "CATERING COMPANIES" can fictitiously provide a "daily meal" to 800k+ students and get paid for it without any recon of whether their ACTUALLY delivering the food to schools on this "daily basis"... Problem solved... i call it a FAIL... As long as they at least make sure the so called class rooms dont give in on the poor childrens' heads due to bad quality workmanship and construction...

  • Smindlo - 2011-07-13 10:54

    yeh!!! the trough needs to be refilled every now and then..just make it wider a little bit.

  • Analyst - 2011-07-13 14:50

    "Creecy said R56m would be spent training 6 500 teachers in numeracy and literacy for Grades 1 to 3." Finally teachers that can do maths and spell... :/

  • Charles du Toit - 2011-07-26 09:44

    I sincerely hope this helps.

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