Education funding increased
By Christopher Dodd
21 April 2008
The education MEC Cameron Dugmore has announced an increase in the provincial education budget. The budget of R9,019, billion is a 17% increase on last year’s. The priority will be improving the quality of the poorest primary and secondary schools with new libraries, science labs and extra classes.
According to Ministry spokesperson Gert Witbooi the extra funding is needed to improve school building maintenance money as well as for teacher training and development;
“The decades of inequality still reflect in our school infrastructure; it reflects in the fact that most of our schools are located in areas of poverty and crime; and it reflects the fact that our teachers are not fully equipped to give the necessary academic input.”
The improved teacher training and development will better equip teachers for the challenges of working with children in areas of high levels of poverty, crime and other social problems.