2020-w715 - 02 September 2020

Ngwanamakwetle Reneiloe Mashabela to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What plans has she put in place in the event that it becomes impossible for schools to reopen before September 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 2 Sep 2020

Schools have reopened; and the health and safety measures have been put in place to protect educators, learners and staff. The Department continues to monitor the situation to ensure that lives are saved.

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2020-w1007 - 11 August 2020

Alexandra Lilian Amelia Abrahams to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What are the details of the joint phasing-in plan of her department working jointly with the Department of Social Development for the reopening of early childhood development centres (ECDs) under level 3 of the risk- adjusted approach to Covid-19 within the Republic with regard to the (a) date ECDs will be allowed to open under level 3, (b) opening of ECDs in provinces which remain on level 4, (c) provision by the Government of personal protective equipment (PPE) to ECDs, (d) total number of children that will be permitted in each ECD facility, (e) enforcement of social distancing and PPE regulations within ECDs and (f) training ECD facilitators and/or practitioners will receive in preparation to receive learners?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 11 Aug 2020

What are the details of the joint phasing-in plan of her department working jointly with the Department of Social Development for the reopening of early childhood development programmes (ECDs) under level 3 of the risk-adjusted approach to Covid-19 within the Republic?

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Department of Social Development (DSD) are still in the process of the early childhood development ...

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2020-w351 - 04 August 2020

Nomsa Innocencia Tarabella Marchesi to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether there are any (a) district directors, (b) managers and (c) institutional development and support officials in each specified district who have been appointed without the requisite levels of experience of running or managing schools; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (i) is the total number in each case and (ii) are the further relevant details; (2) what number of the (a)(i) directors and (ii) deputy directors are employed at (aa) the national head office of her department and (bb) each provincial head office and (b) specified officials were former principals at schools?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 4 Aug 2020

1. The information requested is not available in the Department of Basic Education but rather in the respective Provincial Education Departments. In terms of Section 3(7)(a) of the Public Service Act, 1994 (Proclamation 103 of 1994) the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) in a province determines districts’ public service staff establishment and also determines the educator staff establishment in terms of ...

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2020-w1180 - 13 July 2020

Nomsa Innocencia Tarabella Marchesi to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What options will her department provide parents who (a) are unable to provide their children with home schooling, (b) are too afraid and refuse to send their children to school due to the threat of contracting Covid-19 and (c) do not have means to continue with online learning at home?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 13 Jul 2020

(a)The Department has put measures in place for parents to contact the Circuit or the school to make arrangements for learners to be supported while they are at home. Parents are therefore advised to contact the school to receive such support. 

(b) Response same as in (a) above.

(c) Response same as in (a) above.

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2020-w1089 - 13 July 2020

Désirée Van Der Walt to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       Whether any determination has been made of the (a) full cost of running a public ordinary school that is considered adequately resourced with regard to teaching and non-teaching staff, infrastructure, school furniture and equipment, (b) funding supplied by the provincial departments to run such a school and (c) shortfall in funding which must be covered by the school and the school community; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (2) whether such a determination will be made; if so, on what date; (3) whether any determination has been made of the (a) ability of no-fee schools to cover such a shortfall in funding to achieve adequate resourcing and (b) situation in schools where it has not been possible to cover the shortfall; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (4) (a) which natural or juristic person bears the responsibility for fundraising at a school and (b) how is performance by principals and other employees from the provincial department formally recognised in this regard (5) whether she has any plans to encourage school communities to assist with the funding of schools; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 13 Jul 2020

1. (a) Whether any determination has been made of the (a) full cost of running a public ordinary school that is considered adequately resourced with regard to teaching and non-teaching staff, infrastructure, school furniture and equipment, (b) funding supplied by the provincial departments to run such a school and (c) shortfall in funding which must be covered by the school and the school community ...

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2020-w979 - 29 June 2020

Désirée Van Der Walt to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What are the reasons that her department has not published a Government Gazette regarding the reopening of schools for (a) senior management teams, (b) education support personnel and (c) teachers regarding (i) the processes and/or procedures pertaining to the resumption of school attendance by learners, (ii) disinfecting the schools, (iii) the delivery of personal protective equipment and (iv) ensuring social distancing at schools in compliance with Covid-19 regulations?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 29 Jun 2020

The Directions in respect of the phased return to school, which are an amendment of the earlier versions, have since been published on 23 June 2020 in Government Gazette (GG No 43465).

The Directions are attached for ease of reference.

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2020-w1181 - 24 June 2020

Nomsa Innocencia Tarabella Marchesi to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       Given that social distancing requires classrooms to be split, what plans are in place to ensure that there are enough teachers to teach all the split classrooms of the different grades; (2) whether more teachers will be appointed across the Republic to teach all the split classrooms of the different grades; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) will teachers be paid overtime for the increased workload resulting from the split classrooms; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) will her department maintain the decreased ratio of learners to teachers after the lifting of the lockdown to curb the coronavirus pandemic; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 24 Jun 2020

1. It is not expected that the demand for additional teachers due to social distancing will be significant, as the main constraint is the availability of classroom space.  Schools will use  various models to accommodate learners; all of them including alternate times / days / weeks attendance, depending on the context of a particular school.  Therefore, the same number of teachers will be used to teach ...

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2020-w1211 - 24 June 2020

Désirée Van Der Walt to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       What are the details of the school furniture requirements in terms of desks and chairs that (a) were supplied by her department in each province in the (i) 2019 and (ii) 2020 academic years and (b) will be supplied by her department in each province in the 2021 academic year; (2) whether school furniture is funded by her department; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what steps has her department taken to ensure that all learners have desks and chairs that enable them to achieve the outcomes as set out in the curriculum?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 24 Jun 2020

1. Reports received from the Provincial Education Departments indicate that school furniture has been planned and delivered as follows;

PED

2018/2019

2019/2020

2020/2021

 

 

Furniture
 Delivered

Number of Schools

Furniture
 Delivered

Number of Schools

Furniture
 Planned

Number of Schools

 

EC

220099

1415

237250

1415

56 829

241

 

FS

43035

244

42560

185

82 102

245

 

GP

168829

447

175260

763

414 997 ...

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2020-w1212 - 24 June 2020

Désirée Van Der Walt to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       What total number of schools were (a) built and (b) renovated in each province in (i) 2014, (ii) 2015, (iii) 2016, (iv) 2017, (v) 2018, (vi) 2019 and (vii) since 1 January 2020; (2) what is the total cost in each specified year in each province?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 24 Jun 2020

The parliamentary question has been submitted to the Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) for response and once the response has been received, then it will be forwarded.

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2020-w1086 - 23 June 2020

Chantel King to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether any research has been conducted to look at an alternative curriculum to be incorporated into schools; if not, why not; if so, what were the outcomes?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 23 Jun 2020

Yes: The Department is constantly working towards aligning the curriculum to the demands of the 4th Industrial Revolution hence Robotics and Coding are being introduced. Marine Sciences and the Occupational stream for schools of skill, special schools and mainstream are being finalised. School communities where robotics and coding are currently piloted have welcomed the Department's direction, which is towards improving skills.

Since 1998 ...

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