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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

Minister Angie Motshekga: Basic education dept budget vote 2015/16

DBE budget vote 2015/2016 with the theme,Repositioning basic education sector for accelerated quality, equity and efficiency

Honourable Speaker Honourable Members and Colleagues Distinguished Guests Ladies and Gentlemen

Honourable Speaker, we thank you for this Debate on Vote 14, Basic Education.

We know how important basic education is to a nation’s current and future prosperity, development and growth.  We owe our children a better life, and a better world and we have the opportunity to contribute to this through a quality, efficient and accountable basic education system. In this Budget Vote Speech, I will lay out the plans that we have for committing the resources of our country to this important priority of the ANC-led government. We have made progress in securing access and participation of our children to schools, and we have, through our own assessments and international assessments, shown that our schooling system is indeed making a difference to the lives of our young people.

Completion rates are edging up; performance rates of our learners are increasing, especially for learners from poorer households; and retention rates have improved especially in earlier grades. We have committed, in our Delivery Agreement, signed jointly with the Sector and our national sector plan, to making these improvements more sustained and more visible in all aspects of our basic education system. The sector plan encapsulates our response to the priorities, targets and programmes articulated in the National Development Plan, 2030; and provides a detailed five year plan and fifteen year targets and programmes for the whole Basic Education Sector ...

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