2024-w798 - 09 April 2024

Baxolile Babongile Nodada to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What is the current average learner to teacher ratio at public schools (a) in each grade and (b) over the medium term (i) nationally and (ii) per province?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 9 Apr 2024

(a) and (b)

The Department of Basic Education collects data of schools that incudes class data on learners and teaching staff. However, it should be noted that it is self-reported. The data used below includes teaching staff that are paid by the State and School Governing Bodies as well as ordinary and Special Education Needs learners that attends Public Ordinary, Special and Vocational Schools. 

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2024-w788 - 09 April 2024

Alexandra Lilian Amelia Abrahams to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether her department keeps record of the total number of learners who receive the child support grant and dropped out of school once they turn 18 years old; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in respect of each (a) grade and (b) province for the (i) 2021, (ii) 2022 and (iii) 2023 school years?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 9 Apr 2024

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) collects child support grants information as part of the biographical data of learners.  However, it is self-reported and dependent on learners (or parents) providing the information. Currently the DBE is unable to provide a response in terms of dropout learners as the Department is still in a process of tracking learners who might have moved to other sectors ...

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2024-w787 - 09 April 2024

Alexandra Lilian Amelia Abrahams to ask the Minister of Basic Education

. Whether, with reference to her reply to question 3452 on 8 November 2023, she will furnish Ms A L A Abrahams with an updated report on the child support grant received by learners who are 18 years old, thus aged out of the grant, but were still in Grades (a) 9, (b) 10, (c) 11 and (d) 12 for the year 2023; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 9 Apr 2024

The Department collects child support grants information as part of the biographical data of learners. However, it is self-reported and dependent on learners (or parents) providing the information. The data provided below are learners who are 18 year-old and indicated that they received social grants and still attending school for the period indicated. This includes ordinary and Special Education Needs (SEN) learners attending Public Ordinary, ...

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2024-w89 - 09 April 2024

Samantha Jane Graham to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       What total number of (a) pregnant learners and (b) other learners have written their National Senior Certificate Examinations from hospital in the (i) 2020, (ii) 2021 and (iii) 2023 examination periods; (2) (a)(i) who determines the capacity of a learner to write an examination from hospital and (ii) on what evidence is such a decision taken, (b) who is responsible for ensuring that a learner who has arranged to write their examinations from hospital, (i) receives the examination paper, (ii) is sufficiently capacitated to write the exam and (iii) have the examination paper submitted for marking and (c) what steps should be taken where an arrangement is made for a learner to write their exam from hospital but her department fails to fulfil its role in the arrangements causing the learner to be disadvantaged?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 9 Apr 2024

1. Pregnant and Other Learners that have written the examination from Hospital

2020

85

2021

140

2022

150

2023

209

 

2. The Regulations Pertaining to the Conduct, Administration and Management of the National Senior Certificate Examinations makes provision for learners who are ill or confronted with any other circumstance beyond the candidate’s control, that prevents them from writing the examination, to be allowed ...

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2024-w700 - 09 April 2024

Leonard Jones Basson to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether she will furnish Mr L J Basson with a (a) list and (b) full description of all events planned by her department to take place before 29 May 2024 in celebration of the 30 years of democracy in the Republic, including the (i) projected total cost or expenditure of each event and (ii) breakdown thereof in terms of expenditure for (aa) catering, (bb) entertainment, (cc) venue hire, (dd) transport and (ee) accommodation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 9 Apr 2024

There are no such events planned nor is there a budget available for it. 

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2024-w819 - 08 April 2024

Lorato Florence Tito to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What (a) is the total number of high schools that offer the learner’s licence course and (b) are the time frames that have been put in place by her department for other schools in each province in each case?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 8 Apr 2024

The Department of Basic Education(DBE) signed a collaborative Implementation Protocol with the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) on Learner Road Safety. Included in the programme is the roll-out of the Learner Driver Development Programme. The main focus of this protocol has been on the scholar patrol programme. The Learner Driver Development Programme  in which the DBE plays a supporting role has not officially started.  

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2024-w488 - 08 April 2024

Sophie Suzan Thembekwayo to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether her department has taken any urgent steps of intervention at Noordgesig Secondary School in Soweto, which is currently using a rotational school learning system, after 13 asbestos structures were shut down in October 2023 for health and safety reasons?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 8 Apr 2024

(1) (2) (a) The question falls under the Executive Authority of the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Gauteng Province. The Member is kindly requested to refer the question to the MEC for Education for Gauteng Province as per section 92(3)(b) of the Constitution and Rule 134 (5)(b) of the NA rules. 

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2024-w295 - 08 April 2024

Baxolile Babongile Nodada to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       What is the current formula used by her department to determine post provisioning; (2) whether all the provinces follow the same formula; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what is the current vacancy rate in each province for each (a) grade and (b) subject?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 8 Apr 2024

(1) The allocation of educator posts to schools  is regulated through the post provisioning norms. The main purpose of the norms is to ensure equity and redress in the distribution of available posts across provinces, taking into account, among other factors such as the number of learners; curriculum composition; size of the school; language medium; ideal maximum class size and the poverty level. The norms ...

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2024-w665 - 02 April 2024

Annacleta Mathapelo Siwisa to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With reference to her reply to question 374 on 5 March 2024 and given how the National School Safety Framework has dismally failed, especially in rural and township schools, where some of the cases of bullying in schools continue to be hidden, other than the specified framework, to what extent is her department willing to ensure that all learners, on and off school premises, are not subjected to bullying as some of the bullied children cannot be noticed in time due to overcrowded classes, shortage of staff and lack of social workers on school premises?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 2 Apr 2024

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) remains committed to the use of the National School Safety Framework (NSSF) as an effective and operative overarching framework to assist schools in identifying and managing safety issues, and to ensure that schools are safe and provide for inclusive environments for teaching and learning. 

At its core, issues of bullying remain the responsibility of the schools via their codes ...

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2024-w557 - 25 March 2024

Anna Maria Van Zyl to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)     What is the breakdown of the total number of nurses placed on school premises in each special needs school (a) in each province and (b) municipal area; (2) whether the specified nurses in each respective school have (a)(i) a designated clinic space and (ii) all the basic medical equipment such as thermometers, blood pressure machines, oxygen machines, and blood sugar testing kits and (b) medicine available to administer to the children when and if the need arise; if not, what is available to them; (3) whether her department has a plan in place to address the needs in the special needs schools; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant (a) details and (b) time frames of the plan?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 25 Mar 2024

(1) (2) and (3) The question falls under the Executive Authority of the Members of the Executive Council (MECs) of the 9 Provincial Education Departments (PEDs). The Honourable Member is kindly requested to refer the question to the MECs as per section 92(3)(b) of the Constitution and Rule 134 (5)(b) of the NA rules. 

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