The 2021 budget reveals slightly better news for education than in 2020's Medium Term Budget Policy Statement, however, the fact remains that the government is refusing to invest enough into good quality learning and teaching for all.
With 2020's Supplementary Budget and MTBPS, the Finance Minister cut away at basic education funding and infrastructure grants.
Equal Education’s learner, post-school youth and parent members have taken to the streets to protest outside Parliament to demand that government prioritise education, that the budget cuts be reversed and that education is declared a frontline department in the fight against COVID-19.
The organisation believes that the little bit of relief announced in the budget speech is thanks to the determined advocacy of school communities.
However, the victory is bittersweet because the relief is small in comparison to the budget cuts introduced in 2020.