WC to help out poorer schools

Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant and police joined forces to tackle truancy in Athlone. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN
CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department is increasing its financial support to poorer schools and learners in the province.

Poorer schools are classified as quintiles one and two, qualifying them for income support.

In the next financial year the allocation per learner will for the first time be increased to more than R1,000.

The department currently allocates a maximum of R960 per learner for those attending non-fee paying schools.

But in 2013, that amount will increase to R1,010.

The department is also increasing its assistance to schools categorised in quintiles two and three.

Those schools were receiving R880 per learner, but now will receive the same as schools in quintile one.

Education MEC Donald Grant says it was important to equalise the subsidy to schools in

Principals have until the end of September to finalise their budgets as well as apply for the increased subsidies.

Meanwhile, it was revealed earlier this week that the teacher vacancy rate had increased in all provinces.

The report also showed the Western Cape has the highest number of qualified teachers.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)