Jacques Smalle (MPL)
DA Limpopo Provincial Leader
The Limpopo department of Education has dismally failed in its obligation to being part of the fight against HIV/Aids through education in Limpopo schools.
The DA is extremely worried and concerned over teacher training to support the National Policy on HIV/AIDS in schools.
The Limpopo department of Education was specifically allocated R3.9 million for the 2013/14 financial year and only R293 000 was spent.
Limpopo’s under spending of 42% of its budget in the financial year 2012/13 is tragic considering that Limpopo has the second highest HIV prevalence rates among 2-14 year old of 2.8% while 15-24 year old was 3.1%, at least according to the South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey conducted by the HSCR in 2012.
The DA is concerned that there is no quick solution in sight considering that the Treatment Action Campaign which has played a critical role in the fight against HIV/AIDS on a grassroots level, is facing severe financial challenges and could be down scaling or even closing as early as February 2015.
This will severely impact those infected and affected by this epidemic in the province.
It is therefore unacceptable that the D o E in Limpopo blames the lack of HIV/AIDS training for teachers, distribution of LTSM and First Aid Kits to schools on the late approval of bid specifications.
We will write in demand of the MEC responsible to ensure that steps are taken against officials who are involved in the under spending of this fundamental obligation of the republic. We will also demand to know if the budget in this respect was readjusted towards another obligation or had gone missing as it usually is the case in this province.