Public Ordinary Schools will receive R42.3 billion in the upcoming financial year. This constitutes 70.9% of the R59.7 billion budget allocation received by the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE).
The budget for public ordinary schools has increased by 8.1% from the previous financial year. Lesufi explained that the R3.1 billion increase from last year was due to the increase in the employment of personnel.
Lesufi also revealed that 8.4% or approximately R5 billion of the department's budget will be spent on administration. He says this makes it one of the most cost-effective bureaucracies. Approximately 2.9% of the departments budget will go towards infrastructure development. This amounts to R1,7 billion.
The MEC also spoke about the department's goal to establish and phase in 35 Schools of Specialisation. To date, the GDE has opened 21 schools and launched 16 schools of specialisation, spanning all economic corridors. The aim is to launch five more in the period ahead, with one in each corridor.
Lesufi said, “For 2022/23, the focus will be on the Tembisa Commerce and Entrepreneurship School of Specialisation in the Eastern Corridor, with a focus on Hospitality Transport, Manufacturing, Logistics, as well as preparing for the launch of 4 more schools in the next financial year”.
Public Special School Education will receive a budgetary allocation of R4.8 billion or 8.2% of the GDE’s budget.
Independent School Subsidies will cost the department R1 billion or 1.7% while the Early Childhood Development function in the province will receive R1.9 billion or 3.3% allocation of the budget.
Lesufi has thanked the provincial legislature for their continued prioriatision of education as the sector’s budget was not substantially reduced as has been seen in other provinces.