Jacques Smalle MPL
DA Limpopo Provincial Leader
The inter-ministerial committee being lead by Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene, mislead the nation when they stated that 90% of schools in Limpopo received all the funding they needed to meet their norms and standards.
In a telephonic survey conducted by the DA this morning, it was confirmed that more than 30 schools across the province did not get their full norms and standards funding for this second quarter.
According to our survey, schools in rural areas are mostly being affected by this.
In Sekhukhune, learners are forced to pay between R30 and R135 per month to refill the gas cylinder used to cook food for lunches. This is due to the education department’s failure to pay the school.
At other schools, learners are paying R10 a month in order for the school to buy floor polish and toilet paper. These schools are formally regarded as no-fee schools, but have institute monthly contributions from pupils to cover the basics.
It is unacceptable for the committee to claim that they have successfully implemented an innovative procurement strategy for learning and teaching support materials.
The DA challenges this committee to establish a forensic audit to probe the financial affairs in supposedly no-fee schools.
We further demand the committee to provide the DA with a comprehensive report outlining all their plans to accelerate the process of paying all the schools’ funding on time.