2020-w1179 - 23 June 2020

Nomsa Innocencia Tarabella Marchesi to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With social distancing being practised inside the classrooms of schools, what (a) plans does her department have in place and/or has directed to provinces to accommodate the remaining learners from other grades who will be phased back into attending school and (b) are the alternatives to dealing with the increased need for more classrooms and/or teaching spaces?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 23 Jun 2020

(a) (b) In order to address social distancing protocols during the phasing in and full opening of school, provinces are providing mobile classrooms for additional spaces as well  identifying additional spaces inside the school campuses and or around the school  to address any additional needs for space. Provinces are also considering non-infrastructure solutions, which include 3 schooling models to cater for social distancing, These ...

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2020-w1044 - 17 June 2020

Nomsa Innocencia Tarabella Marchesi to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       Whether, with reference to her reply to question 102 on 13 February 2020, (a) a timeframe has been set for the 2020 collection of national dataset to be completed; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether her department has any plans to get schools to reinstate Mathematics as one of the subjects to be offered; if not, what plans are in place to increase the number of learners taking Mathematics as a subject; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 17 Jun 2020

Response to Parliamentary question 1044

(1) 

EMIS data is captured at source level (schools) on the transactional system called the South African School Administration and Management System (SA-SAMS) and uploaded to the National Data Repository called the Learner Unit Record Information and Management System (LURITS) from which statistical reporting takes place. The LURITS has built-in validation rules to verify data. This system was opened ...

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2020-w1161 - 17 June 2020

Haseena Ismail to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether her department has put any measures in place to ensure the safety of learners who (a) are asthmatic and (b) suffer from other underlying health conditions, including claustrophobia when wearing masks; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 17 Jun 2020

(a) and (b) The Department has sought and received advice from the Department of Health through the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19 (MAC) on the medical conditions in children that place children at risk of severe COVID-19. Specifically, the MAC advisory is that children with well controlled asthma are NOT at high risk. Through the completed Learner Health Questionnaire that is submitted to schools ...

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2020-w1084 - 17 June 2020

Chantel King to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(a) What are the relevant details of the special arrangements that will be made to reopen schools for children with special needs and (b) by what date will the specified schools be opened?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 17 Jun 2020

(a) Details on the arrangements for the reopening of schools for children with special educational needs are encapsulated in the Directions that were published in the Government Notice signed by the Minister on 1 June 2020 as well as in the Department of Basic Education’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

(b) The dates and other details are contained in the afore-mentioned Government Notice.

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2020-w1087 - 10 June 2020

Désirée Van Der Walt to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether learners are allowed to write their National Senior Certificate examinations in a language of their choice; if not, why not; if so, how will this be implemented?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 10 Jun 2020

In terms of current policy, as articulated in the Regulations on the Conduct, Administration and Management of the National Senior Certificate Examinations,15 (2),  the candidate, unless otherwise stated, must respond to the question paper in the language of learning and teaching. Currently, at the Grade 12 level, the learner is either taught through the medium of English or Afrikaans. Hence, provision is currently ...

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2020-w1088 - 10 June 2020

Désirée Van Der Walt to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What (a) number of teachers (i) were given laptops since 2014 and (ii) are still waiting for laptops and (b) was the total cost of the specified laptops?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 10 Jun 2020

The Department of Basic Education has not provided teachers with laptops. The Provincial Education Departments were responsible for the provision of laptops to teachers; and are therefore, the custodians of this information. The Honourable Members is also reminded that the Provincial Education Departments are the employers of educators by law.  Therefore. matters related to the provision of teaching support materials are the responsibility of ...

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2020-w978 - 10 June 2020

Désirée Van Der Walt to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Given the state of the overcrowding in classrooms and the current lack of sufficient budgets, how will her department ensure that social distancing protocols are adhered to in schools during the (a) phasing in and (b) full opening of all schools?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 10 Jun 2020

·Provide mobile classrooms

(a) (b)The Department of Basic Education developed the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Containment and Management of COVID-19, for childcare facilities, schools and school communities, to guide provinces in responding to COVID-19. These include, measures to enforce social distancing for learners; as well as compliance with good hygiene practices to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus amongst ...

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2020-w1024 - 10 June 2020

Désirée Van Der Walt to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       Whether her department received any funds for the Expanded Public Works Programme in the past four financial years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details (2) whether any of the specified funds were earmarked for capital and/or infrastructure-related projects; if so, (a) what are the names of the projects, (b) where are the specified projects situated, (c) what is the value of each project and (d) what number of jobs have been created by each project. (3) what process was followed to appoint project (a) implementers and (b) consultants in each case; (4) whether funds were transferred to project implementers in a lump sum or through progress payment; (5) whether any projects have been delayed due to maladministration or corruption; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) which projects have been affected and (b) what action has been taken in each case?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 10 Jun 2020

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 29/05/2020

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 18/2020

1024. Mrs D van der Walt (DA) to ask the Minister of Basic Education:

(1)       Whether her department received any funds for the Expanded Public Works Programme in the past four financial years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the ...

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2020-w926 - 08 June 2020

Wynand Johannes Boshoff to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       Whether her department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 8 Jun 2020

(1) The Department awarded a tender for the the provision of water tanks and water to 3 500 schools to alleviate the COVID 19 pandemic; 

        (a)    Rand Water Board

        (b)    R600m

        (c)    Water tanks and water to 3 500 schools across the country

(2) There was deviation from normal tender processes 

         (a)    Because of the emergency nature situation as the provision of water was ...

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2020-w722 - 08 June 2020

Nomsa Innocencia Tarabella Marchesi to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)  With reference to the various initiatives launched by her department to provide online learning to school learners and tertiary students during the national lockdown to combat the spread of COVID-19, what number of learners residing in(a) urban and (b) rural areas received reliable internet connections in the Republic; (2) what coverage of the curriculum has she found (a) did online learning initiatives manage to cover for each grade and (b) did learners manage to catch up in each case?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 8 Jun 2020

1)  With reference to the various initiatives launched by her department to provide online learning to school learners and tertiary students during the national lockdown to combat the spread of COVID-19, what number of learners residing in 

(a) urban and (b) rural areas received reliable internet connections in the Republic;

Connectivity is the responsibility of the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT). However ...

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