Motshekga and MECs to tighten belts

EDUCATION Minister Angie Motshekga and her provincial MECs have re-committed themselves to watching how the department spends money because they will not get anything extra from the fiscus, her office said yesterday.

EDUCATION Minister Angie Motshekga and her provincial MECs have re-committed themselves to watching how the department spends money because they will not get anything extra from the fiscus, her office said yesterday.

Motshekga and the MECs met Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in Pretoria after she and her deputy Enver Surty visited schools countrywide.

They found that many schools' problems were rooted in poor financial planning.

"... For instance, some schools procure irrelevant textbooks that do not assist neither the teacher nor the learner," she said.

The department was centralising the procurement of learning and teaching support material and finalising a catalogue of textbooks that would be used by all schools in every province.

Gordhan said the extra money provinces needed would not come from the national fiscus, as basic education had the largest budget with R6billion set aside for the 2010/2011 financial year. - Sapa

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