All schools to get textbooks, says minister

THE ADDITIONAL R524million allocated to education in the medium-term budget policy statement would be used to supply textbooks to all schools, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said yesterday.

THE ADDITIONAL R524million allocated to education in the medium-term budget policy statement would be used to supply textbooks to all schools, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said yesterday.

Briefing the media on the "refined" national curriculum to be introduced in January, Motshekga said outcomes-based education was to remain.

However, she said there was a need to streamline the process. This would include cutting down on photocopies of teaching materials and bringing back textbooks.

"The R524million is for getting books to school," she said.

Motshekga said the objective would be to print the books from one source and cut down on costs to the provinces.

While welcoming the additional funds, Motshekga said the money was still not sufficient to right the wrongs of apartheid that had left a crumbling infrastructure and lack of quality in its wake.

"We need R168billion," she said, adding that the 2010 budget was R140billion.

"South Africa just doesn't have those resources to do it once and cleanly ... we have to find creative measures. -Sapa

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