Here's How Much Gauteng Will Spend On Public Schools This Year

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The Basic Education Department in Gauteng is looking to bolster spending on its education sector despite the various challenges that the department encountered throughout the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. Here is how the province plans to allocate its budget across its numerous sub-sectors.

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Gauteng declared that it will spend 82% of its budget on Education, Health, and Social Development. This is an indication of the extent, to which the education sector is prioritized in the province.  

The Department of Basic Education in Gauteng recently held a sitting in which the Basic Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi delivered the provincial department’s fifth 2022/23 budget vote on Tuesday. Gauteng is looking to spend more on its public education sector based on increases that have been announced in different parts of its education budget. 

He also went on to say that the total R59.7 billion budget, out of which 5.1% comes from Conditional grants, is designed to not only to respond to learning during the pandemic but also to reposition the system to be more robust in any circumstances.

Additionally, the budget increased by 10.5%, or R5.6 billion, from R54 billion in 2021/22 to R59,7 billion in 2022/23. The budget grows, over the MTEF, at an average rate of 4.7%.

As the largest sub-sector of the provincial department’s education sector, the public ordinary schooling sector received the largest portion of the budget allocation of R42.3 billion which accounts for 70.9% of the total budget.

“We spend on average 8.4% (R5,0 billion) of our budget on Administration which despite the size of the department makes us one of the most cost-effective bureaucracies,” Lesufi added. 

In addition to this, the public ordinary schooling sector 2022/23 budget allocations have been apportioned in accordance with the arrangement listed below:

  • Public Special School Education, is allocated R4,8 billion or 8.2%
  • Infrastructure Development, is allocated R1,7 billion or 2.9%
  • Examination and education-related Services, which is allocated R2,7 billion or 4.6%
  • Independent School Subsidies, which get R1 billion or 1.7%, and
  • Early Childhood Development, which receives R1,9 billion or 3.3%.

Lesufi also pointed out that employee compensation continues to be the most expensive part of the education budget, accounting for R42 billion, or 70.8% of the total.

Furthermore, due to an increase in recruitment capacity, the 2022/23 budget has increased by 8.1 %, or R3.1 billion, from the previous year. Transfers and Subsidies to Schools account for R7.8 billion, or 13.1% of the entire education expenditure.

The Transfers and Subsidies budget increased by R1.2 billion, accounting for 18.3% of the total budget. Capital asset payments total R1.2 billion, accounting for 2.1% of the entire budget.



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