By Jacques Smalle (MPL), Spokesperson on Education Limpopo:
The DA welcomes the decision by the MEC of Treasury, Hon. Rob Tooley to increase the Norms and Standards Funding for schools as reflected during today’s occasion of the tabling of the Limpopo Adjustments Appropriations Bill 2015.
This comes after consistent pressure by the DA on the Limpopo department of Education as well as the Premier to provide schools, particularly quintile 1-3, with the resources they so desperately need.
While the R 313.156 million will go a long way in assisting schools to afford basic LTSM and daily operational costs, an additional R 700 million would uplift them from the financial abyss of debt they’re currently trapped in.
The DA believes that basic education is a fundamental right which requires more effort by government than just money.
The recent exam crisis experienced by Grade 10 and 11 learners in the province is evidence that there are fundamental financial and management weaknesses that continue to haunt the education department.
The DA reiterates its call for norms and standards to be paid in full to all schools in the province.
We remain determined to champion the interests of all learners and schools who continue to excel under the dire circumstances that face them on a daily basis.