R37.4bn for higher education and training

2011-05-26 18:04

Cape Town - Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande tabled a budget of R37.4bn for the 2011/12 financial year in Parliament on Thursday.

Of that, R9.1bn was set aside for the Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta) and the National Skills Fund.

Universities would receive R19.4bn and Further Education and Training (FET) colleges would receive R4.3bn.

Some R4.1bn would go to public entities, of which R4bn had been set aside for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

The remainder of the money would be shared by the South African Qualifications Authority, the Council on Higher Education, the National Skills Authority and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations.

Nzimande said the main objective for the year was to expand opportunities, especially for African youth, to enter technical and other skilled careers.

Work was also underway to strengthen and support FET colleges, to reconfigure Setas and to build two new universities in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape to ensure that more students received post-school qualifications.

He said the department was also developing ways to bring the work and resources of all higher education institutions together to benefit the entire higher education system.

"Our department's goals are firmly located within the overall objectives of prioritising job creation, and within the framework of the New Growth Path, the Industrial Policy Action Plan II and the Human Resources.

"The over-arching vision we are developing is that of an expanded, effective post-school system comprising all the institutional types falling under our department: universities, colleges, adult education centres and the levy-grant institutions [Setas and the NSF] as well as the various regulatory and advisory institutions."

He said access to decent education and training was essential as South Africa's unemployed youth numbered about 2.8 million.

"Education is the apex government priority and now accounts for 19.4% of the total national budget for 2011/12."

  • clark - 2011-05-26 18:15

    - Now let's see - R37.4bn - hmm, what do we reckon folks - 50-50 ? Half on bribes and corruption , half on actual tangible education ?

      AlrightyThen - 2011-05-26 19:43

      If only you were wrong...

      REVO - 2011-05-26 20:42

      Clark, lets have a little good faith here...I SAY WELL DONE!! Education is the only way out for South Africa. Here's to the future!!

      clark - 2011-05-26 21:02

      - @ REVO - I cannot argue with the dire need SA has to jack up it's educational standards. I just don't have any faith in the political party charged with that responsibility. As taxpayers we have every right to be sceptical when the Anc thieves get their greedy hands on that kind of money. I'll only say well done ,when there are tangible results of an improved education system and all the corrupt Anc officials have been charged and sitting behind bars.

  • TonyC - 2011-05-26 18:43

    @Chang Yi - Wake up for goodness sake - the ANC have made empty promises since 1994 but now they're so blase' about them they don't even bother to try backing them up with actions after elections. Please don't talk about racism displayed by whites when some of the most senior officials in the anc display their dislike for whites so openly. SA is & will NEVER be a perfect society - but then again, show me a country where some form of racism does NOT rear its ugly head from time to time. Unfortunately there are usually dozens of negatives for every one, small, positive that emanates from the ANC's fold. You honestly cannot blame folks for expressing their displeasure on these forums because they actually have no other forums available to them. Unfortunately some folks do get a bit over-expressive at times & should learn to exercise a bit more care when doing so. Anyway, I guess I should simply say that respect in any shape or form has to be EARNED, and as such, the ANC is failing miserably, hence the lack of respect shown in these forums.

  • wombatingloves - 2011-05-26 18:44

    This sounds like a lot of cart before the horse. Our schools are a shambles and many teachers don't have the will or qualifications. Until this is taken care of, we will have a crisis getting steadily worse.

      ANC Ancestor - 2011-05-26 19:43

      Correct. We need a strong educational base at school first, focusing especially on the poorer communities. In the long term that is the only way to eradicate poverty.

      kaMazibuko - 2011-05-26 19:59

      Seriously now??? Stop making uninformed comments, Nzimande heads the dptmnt of Higher education, Angie motshegka is for basic learning and all the schools are her responsibility

      clark - 2011-05-27 00:05

      - @ kaMazi - What higher education does your honourable Nzimande have, that qualifies him to run a dept. of higher education ?

      kaMazibuko - 2011-05-27 05:56

      @Clark, I have no idea but what I'm sure of is that works with a team of highly intelligent and educated individuals who advice him accordingly.

  • Sheda Hab - 2011-05-26 18:46

    Even if half went to education who are they going to employ?? Very few teachers in South Africa qualified enough. Who is going to actually produce AND deliver the books to the schools. So please excuse me Blade if I do not clap & applaud you just yet. Let us see how you execute the billions first. I know the solution, the readers of this article know the answer - DO YOU BLADE, Do YOU???

      ANC Ancestor - 2011-05-26 20:01

      For one thing they could pay teachers better salaries and get rid of the rotten ones. Better salaries will attract some of the good teachers that have left to teach abroad.

      kaMazibuko - 2011-05-26 20:10

      During te state of the nation address the president made emphasis on job creation and initiatives to make it easy for business to contribute to this....just after that Pravin godharn gave us the actual figures and after that rob Davies, Ebrahim Patel were spreading those billions towards those initiatives. If u remember one of those initiatives was creating a youth wage subsidy....that's where some of these students will be accommodated

  • Barker - 2011-05-26 18:47

    Taxpayer Joe MILKED AGAIN !!!

  • 106SA - 2011-05-26 19:06

    Just get the job done!!This is how:- 1)get responsible accountable people involved(including skilled teachers) and 2)dont loot the dosh(again)......

  • Badnews - 2011-05-26 19:21

    Teach the masses to do the job, which job Mr.Blade???? There are not even jobs for the qualified as it is, remember boet, there is no manufacturing growth in this country. Most of our manufactured goods are imported and the raw material that could create jobs, if beneficiated, is sold as is. Clever boy, get your economics sorted before you spend tax money on foolishness.

      ANC Ancestor - 2011-05-26 20:06

      The point is that there are poor manufacturing growth in the country due to poor education and skills shortages. How did Japan become the world's no 2 economy? They don't even have raw materials, everything must be imported. It will serve SA well if we could spend heavily on the maths, science and engineering disciplines. That's what Japan did after wwII

  • kaMazibuko - 2011-05-26 20:02

    LAST KICK OF A DYING HORSE....that's the first thing that comes to mind when I listen to all the negative comments from all the white people here. As a person who beniffited directly from NSFAS, I'm glad this is gonna be available to more students

      Barker - 2011-05-26 20:13

      Not like it should be, most of the funds will be milked for shiny cars, Rolex watches, big homes, Boss suits - the list is endless. Get an IQ test done bud - low single figures i bet !!!

      kaMazibuko - 2011-05-27 06:05

      Lol ure funny. U obviously have no idea how NSFAS works and the many students it's helped that are part of the workforce. Or maybe ure still bitter they were not interested in paying for your farming certificate ? Get used to the fact that the ANC government with all it's flaws is playing a big role in empowering previously disadvantages communities so if they are doing that thru education, great stuff.

      Barker - 2011-05-27 08:55

      Just show's your mentality !!! You think corruption is funny, it's criminal sparky. I don't live on a farm BTW, How is life in your state sponsored shack ??

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