Over R600 billion will be allocated to basic education over the course of the next three years, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Wednesday.
“Over R640 billion will be allocated to basic education during the next three years,” Minister Nene said as he tabled the 2015 national budget in Parliament.
The Minister said that personnel planning for schools is currently under review to ensure that learner-teacher ratios are maintained at appropriate levels.
He said the number of qualified teachers entering the public service is projected to increase from 8227 in 2012/13 to 10 200 in 2017/18.
In order to support teacher training, R3.1 billion will be awarded in Funza Lushaka bursaries over the next three years.
“We will print and distribute 170 million workbooks at 23 562 public schools over this MTEF (medium term expenditure framework) period. Each learner in grades R to 9 will receive two books per subject each year in numeracy, mathematics, literacy, language and life skills,” said Minister Nene.
The Minister said the school infrastructure backlogs programme is allocated R7.4 billion for the replacement of over 500 unsafe or poorly constructed schools as well as to address water, sanitation and electricity needs.
The education infrastructure grant of R29.6 billion over the MTEF (the annual, rolling three-year expenditure planning) will enable all schools to meet the minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure by 2016.
The budget also includes R4.1 billion over the MTEF period to build and support public libraries. School and community sport programmes and sports