Education budget

MINISTER Pravin Gordhan has allocated the most funds to the Education department in this year’s mini budget, which is over R140bn this year, increasing to R185bn by 2012/13.

* Building on the recently completed restructuring and recapitalisation of further education colleges, Minister Nzimande aims to increase participation to 20% of young people aged 18-24 over the next five years.

* A cumulative target of 350 000 industrial and related apprenticeships and scarce skill learnerships has been set.

*Under Minister Motshekga’s leadership, a new workbook programme was introduced this year, which will provide supplementary learning materials to 5.5 million school learners by 2012, aimed at improving literacy and numeracy in the foundation phase of schooling.

* Funding for the primary school nutrition programme will again be increased, to reach 8.6 million children in 2012/13.

(An article from BusinessDay)

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