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Basic Education Budget Cut By Billions

Minister Motshekga has announced that the Basic Education budget has been cut by billions. This is in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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The Basic Education budget will be cut by R2.1 billion. Motshekga said the initial budget was over R25.3 billion before adjustments, however it has now been reduced to R23.2 billion. 

The Minister says the department will continue to work towards providing basic education for all. 

“We continue to roll-out our plans, projects, programmes and interventions to ensure that the social justice principles, which characterise the basic education system are implemented.  This, we must continue to do, despite the challenges we face, including the new normal brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.” said Motshekga.

This includes plans to phase in digital learning and restructure the curriculum.

Motshekga said the training of teachers and supervisors will take place online due to the current circumstances.

She said the department is working hard to strengthen Skills Development initiatives and aims it to provide all schools with ICT devices that are loaded with digital content.

Mobile network operators have collaborated with the department to provide schools with devices, connectivity and training for teachers. 

"The Department, in partnership with the Department of Communication and Technology has identified 152 sites in 76 education districts to equip them with the virtual classroom infrastructure. Through this initiative, the sector will fully embrace the digital revolution to remote learning."

Motshekga is confident the process will be complete by 2023, despite the challenges that the department has faced.

"The covid-19 pandemic has really created a very difficult situation for us as a sector but we continue to be commited to say we will do whatever we can to protect the lives and education of our children" said Motshekga.

 

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