NAPTOSA RESPONSE TO THE BASIC EDUCATION BUDGET VOTE 14 SPEECH FOR 2017/18 BY MINISTER OF BASIC EDUCATION MRS ANGIE MOTSHEKGA ON 24 MAY 2017
The President of NAPTOSA, Mr Ntantala, welcomed the Department of Basic Education (DBE) vote speech for the 2017/18. He applauded government’s effort in prioritising education by increasing its budget allocation by 5.1%. The identified key programmes that the department aimed to prioritise for the 2017 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), in particular, the allocation aimed for Mathematics, Science and Technology, Funza Lusaka and for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) programmes was appreciated, said Mr Ntantala.
NAPTOSA commend the minister for raising issues of safety and security in and around schools. Whilst NAPTOSA acknowledges the importance of speaking against gender-based violence on media platforms by the minister, without appropriate funding and implementation of programmes specifically earmarked at addressing the current scourge of criminality, and School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV), the safety of learners, especially young women and girls and teachers will continue to torment our communities ,said Mr Ntantala. The failure of the police to protect the learners and teachers travelling to and from schools was alarming, he added.
The DBE should seriously view fifty days of absenteeism from schools by girls due to lack of sanitary pads as a matter of serious concern. South Africa will once again fail to achieve its target as stipulated in the global education agenda, Education 2030, said Mr Ntantala.