Limpopo school funding crisis continues

Jacques Smalle MP

DA Limpopo Provincial Leader

While some money has finally been transferred to Limpopo schools, principals surveyed by the DA complain it is hopelessly too little.

The national standard set by Minister Motshekga is R1010 per learner for 2013/14 but in Limpopo. The DA has noted that the schools serving the province’s poorest learners are receiving as little as R30 per child from the Department.

Failure by the department to pay the money on time has led to the midyear exams being postponed five times due to several schools failing to print the examination papers.

The department being under administration cannot be taken as an excuse anymore not to pay the schools the money as gazetted by the Minister.

Many schools across the province have been paid between R30 000 to R50 000 based on the school’s enrollment but taking into consideration the debts that the schools have, the money is too little.

We also have reasonable grounds to suspect that some of this money could have been used by desperate schools to purchase textbooks, with other matters like infrastructure and electricity debt being postponed until a later stage.

If this is indeed the case, our learners are put in jeopardy because one aspect of service delivery is compromised in order to augment the government’s failure to deliver textbooks.

The DA calls on the Department to pay all the schools the full amount owed to them to ensure that schools are able to cope with the day to day operations.

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