Newspaper clipping – The Pretoria News – 4 August 2009
Billions budgeted for teachers’ skills
The Gauteng Education Department is to spend 73 percent of its R18,9-billion budget on staff this financial year.
Education MEC Barbara Creecy said the amount, R13,8-billion, was 1 percent less than in the previous financial year, but every rand would contribute to “quality education, every day.”
Giving her budget speech in the legislature on Monday, Creecy said research indicated that teacher quality affected pupil success more than any other variable.
To deal with the problem of teacher quality and possible skills deficit, the department would establish a database of unemployed teachers who could be drawn on to fill vacancies.
The programme is to focus on pupil literacy, numeracy and early childhood development – which has been allocated R309-million, 44 percent more than in the previous financial year.
Also on the cards were improvements to school infrastructure and the building of new schools to end overcrowding, Creecy said.