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Motshekga delivers budget vote

Despite calls for her to resign, Angie Motshekga delivered her budget vote in Parliament.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Tuesday admitted serious challenges still face the country's education system.

She delivered her budget vote in Parliament on Tuesday despite calls from the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) for her to step down.

The overall budget for the department's 2013/2014 financial year is more than R17 billion.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) urged that she admit failure and said that while her department had a budget of more than R17 billion to spend, her system was not working.

Motshekga acknowledged there were problems, but insisted things were improving.

"The building blocks for a high performance system are in place and we know the challenges."

She said she was worried about the low number of children in the foundation phase who were able to read and write properly.

The report by the National Education Evaluation and Development Unit (Needu) found many teachers lacked the necessary skills and knowledge.

This evidence would be used to back her department's proposals to improve the quality of teaching, Motshekga said.

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