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EC education department gets R31 bln of provincial budget

The amount constitutes 45 percent of the total budget of more than R69.5 billion.

There is still no furniture at some Eastern Cape schools, despite an assurance by president Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation address - that all furniture problems to be dealt with by mid august this year. EWN compiled this investigative report.There is still no furniture at some Eastern Cape schools, despite an assurance by president Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation address - that all furniture problems to be dealt with by mid august this year. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN
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CAPE TOWN – A great part of the Eastern Cape government’s 2016/17 budget will go to education.

The province has consistently been one of the worst performing districts with some of its schools receiving zero percent pass rates.

Provincial Finance MEC Sakhumzi Somyo told Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPLs) this afternoon that R31 billion was going to the Education Department.

The amount constitutes 45 percent of the total budget of more than R69.5 billion.

The Eastern Cape seems determined to improve the troubled department.

R4.6 billion of that money will go to improving education infrastructure and to equip schools with modern facilities.

Somyo has also allotted R147 million to improve Maths, Science and Technology outcomes.

The education budget also included a R3.4 billion allocation for the school nutrition programme.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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