A-plus for education boost

ONWARD AND UPWARD: The budget's commitment to education has been praised -
ONWARD AND UPWARD: The budget’s commitment to education has been praised –

Significant slice of pie set to address wide range of needs

EASTERN Cape schools and hostels will get some much-needed revamping and rebuilding over the next three years, thanks to the monetary boost by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.

Delivering his maiden budget speech yesterday, Nene gave a significant slice of the budget to address the various education needs of the country – from pre-school to tertiary level.

Nene allocated R7.4-billion to address infrastructure backlogs nationally, with a further R29.6billion to ensure that every school met the infrastructure norms and standards by next year.

This would speak to an issue that has caused bad blood between non-profit organisations and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga over the years.

The Eastern Cape is due to get 20 new schools in the 2015-16 financial year, with a total 134 planned for the next three years.

-Zandile Mbabela and Jan-Jan Joubert

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