R49BN Budget For Gauteng Education Department

Riyaz Patel

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Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has presented a R49.2 billion 2019/2020 budget; with teacher and departmental staff salaries devouring about three-quarters of the money.

While 75% of the budget going to paying employees, the public schooling sector also received a huge chunk.

The Gauteng Education Department (GDE) received received a boost of about R4.5 billion more compared to the past financial year.

Some R78 million has been allocated for transfers and subsidies to Schools of Specialization, with plans to expand access to special schools and improve quality of programmes for Learners with Special Needs (LSEN).

Mathematics, Science & Technology Grant for Technical Secondary Schools & Schools of Specialization gets R56 million, with plans to expand access to special schools and enhance the quality of programmes for Learners with Special Needs (LSEN).

The total budget allocation in the 2019/20 to achieve Strategic Goal 2 – R1,07 billion.

About R46,6 million will be spent on LITNUM (Foundation Phase), Language and Mathematics interventions across Grades 4-12, with R167,8 million dedicated to the Secondary School Improvement Programme.

Lesufi said his budget would also prioritise infrastructure development across the province.

Lesufi said the GED’s budget has seen growth above inflation despite the tough economic conditions facing the country, adding, that he is confident that the 20 priority areas set out in the Education Roadmap will be funded this term.

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