Newsletter 47 DBE - Progress of SA Schooling System
Minister Motshekga’s overview of progress in the schooling system
In an earlier newsletter I raised the issue of access versus quality. I did say at the time that it is a huge task to get both right at the same time because of limited resources. Politicians normally make a choice and result in a balancing act – the more resources spent on the one it is at the cost of the other. In this statement by Minister of the DBE she highlights the fact that participation levels in the schooling sector has increased significantly.
Prior to the Basic Education Budget Vote Debate, Minister Motshekga hosted a media briefing aimed at outlining the plans and priorities of the sector over the 2016 MTEF period. Minister Motshekga said that there had been significant progress in terms of improving quality education in the country.
The 2002 – 2014 General Household Survey conducted by Statistics South Africa and research conducted in the DBE shows that the Department made progress in securing universal access, retention and participation rates in our public schooling system.
It is evident that much has been done to improve the quality of access to basic education; however, more needs to be done to move our schools towards inclusion and equity.