Project Literacy Comments on the 2010/11 Budget

Thursday, 18 February, 2010 - 14:07

Wow, another R2,7 billion for basic education. The more one watches the depressing matric results, the more one thinks that money is not our problem. Poor rural schools often out perform urban schools with better facilities. We need to refocus on the basics such as teaching and learning in a stable well managed environment.

Wow, another R2,7 billion for basic education. The more one watches the depressing matric results, the more one thinks that money is not our problem. Poor rural schools often out perform urban schools with better facilities. We need to refocus on the basics such as teaching and learning in a stable well managed environment.

No real mention was made in the budget of ABET, the adult literacy campaign Gha Re Kude or the difficult work of the FET colleges in producing skilled people for the labour market.

Whilst many comment on the size and allocations within the budget, the proof of the pudding remains in the eating.  

How this huge colossal budget in Cape Town eventually hits the small school in Mount Frere is the real test. Does all this money lift the mood of teachers? Will it improve the level of skills to build the economy? It is up to the bureaucrats around the country to make it happen. Past experience suggests that many are not fit to carry out this important mandate.

Therein lies our national challenge.

Andrew Miller
Chief Executive Officer
Project Literacy

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