Basic Education

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has used the occasion of World Teachers? Day to appeal to educators to revive the spirit of dedication and passion that has for so many years defined the career fondly known as the mother of all professions.

South Africa has shown improvement in certain areas of basic education and is on its way to fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals says Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. However a lack of infrastructure and proper educational facilities continue to result in high drop-out rates in certain provinces.

The National Education Evaluation and Development Unit Bill (NEEDU), which was published in 2011 is open for discussion and the Department of Basic Education is inviting all education stakeholders to submit comments.

The signing of the Accord on Basic education marked an historic moment in education as it signified the start of a collaboration between role players, stakeholders and social partners to support the drive to achieve quality teaching and learning in South Africa.

For years, teaching at public schools has been compromised by the late or non-delivery of textbooks and the delays in the supply of essential teaching aids. Now, the Department of Basic Educaiton has set aside R4.4 billion for the development of textbooks and has put risk management plans in place to ensure that the process is concluded in time.

Deputy President Motlanthe has called upon Corporate South Africa to work with government in investing in Education Upliftment Programmes. The Deputy President pointed out that in other sectors public private partnerships have been extremely successful, and listed the type of contribution in which the private sector could partner with government.

The Department of Basic Education is finalising its comprehensive turnaround plan for teaching in schools - Action Plan 2014. Twelve outcomes have been approved by cabinet to improve service delivery. Minister Motshekga has signed to deliver on Outcome 1 "Improve the quality of basic education", along with the ministries of Home Affairs, Communications, Health, Public Service and Administration, Science and Technology, and Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities.

President Jacob Zuma is attending the 3rd SA/EU Summit in Brussels, Belgium. As part of the continuing financial cooperation between the European Union and South Africa, R1.7billion has been received. The monies will be used to improve primary education over the next three years, focusing on literacy and numeracy, and expanding access to Early Childhood Development for poor communities. For full announcement ...



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