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Motshekga: Education Dept doesn't have budget to deal with substance abuse

Motshekga says projects will focus on providing information on substance abuse and teenage pregnancy.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga at Skeen Primary School in Alexandra township. Picture: Katleho Sekhotho/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says her ministry doesn’t have the budget to deal with substance abuse.

She has launched the national schools hygiene programme at the Skeen Primary School in Alexandra.

Motshekga says projects will focus on providing information on substance abuse and teenage pregnancy.

Motshekga says a partnership with Unilever to launch the hygiene and sanitation programme aims at merging skills and resources. She says funds are needed.

“I’m supposed to be dealing with, for instance, children who are at risk in terms of substance abuse. There’s no line item in my budget which talks about that.”

Motshekga says it’s not only about partnerships with the private sector but also partnerships with other government departments.

“The president has requested all government departments to crowd their resources around children.”

The programme will be rolled out from September at 15,000 private schools.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)

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