BRIEFING TO THE SELECT COMMITTEE: EDUCATION - BY MEC CAMERON DUGMORE DATE: WEDNESDAY 07 SEPTEMBER 2005


LSP
SCHOOLS PREPARATION FOR MATRIC EXAMINATION INTERVENTIONS IN 2005: Interventions have comprised:


JUNE 2005 EXAMS RESULTS


LSP schools have performed poorly in the June 2005 examinations. This is so largely because, among other things, the marks made use of in order to determine whether learners have passed or failed ( need more time ) are raw and do not include Continuous Assessment as well as the Common Task Assessment ( CTA ) marks which are utilised in December only. This, therefore, tends to mean that there is no correlation between the June/September LSP results and the December results as schools may indicate a low pass rate in term one and / or two only to show an improvement in December.


HEAD: EDUCATION

REPORT ON THE PROCUREMENT OF LTSM


1. The LTSM procurement cycle is attached as annexure A.


2. As can be observed the ordering date for LTSM was brought forward from August to May for this year.


Non-section 21 schools are required to divide their allocation between three categories of services, namely: LTSM Maintenance Municipal Services


3. The procurement of LTSM is done on a project basis. Non Section 21 schools are required to submit their requisitions to the ordering office, which places orders on the supplier of the schools' choice. The LTSM is delivered directly to the school. The suppliers are paid on receipt of an invoice certified by the school.


4. Section 21 schools received their Norms and Standards Allocations as a transfer payment and they order directly from their suppliers of choice and also pay such supplier. The total allocation for LTSM to section 21 schools amounts to R89m.


5. We receive reports from section 21 schools to confirm that they have in fact ordered and received the LTSM as required.


6. Budget Allocation from Norms and Standards Allocation for 2005/06 in respect of Non-Section 21 schools and spending to date:

 

Total N & Allocations

Total spending to date

Textbooks

R60 048 157

R32 179 446

Stationery

R26 730 131

R20 521 748

Total

R86 778 288

R 52 701 194

This does not include the LTSM for grades 7 and 10 which are now being ordered and which will be paid later. This LTSM will be available before schools re-open.


7. Other LTSM Spending


7.1 The WCED budgeted R52 million to supply all schools (section 21 and non section 21) offering Grades 7 and 10 with a textbook per learner for each o1 the following subjects, in addition to the funds indicated in paragraph 6:


Languages: First Additional languages - Integrated Language Textbook Mathematics Natural Science The orders for these items were placed with booksellers. This material will also be available when schools re-open in 2006.


7.2 Acquisition of educational and other supporting (mathematics) software for all schools. An amount of R5 million was budgeted to supply schools with educational and other supporting software. Transfer payments will be made to schools in terms of Treasury Guidelines to purchase these items themselves.


7.3 Supply of IT equipment (computers, scanners and monitors) and infrastructure for computer laboratories for all schools. An amount of R40 million was budgeted to supply schools with IT equipment and where required, infrastructure for computer laboratories. Transfer payments will be made to schools to do the purchases themselves.


7.4 Supply of computers for administrative purposes for all schools. An amount of R6m was budgeted to supply schools with IT equipment and telephone links to facilitate communication with the WCED and for internal administrative use. Transfer payments will also be made to schools to purchase these items.


7.5 Supply of LTSM to new schools An amount of R16,4m was budgeted for LTSM for new schools for initial purchases, over and above their N&S allocations. Twelve (12) new schools will be opened during the financial year.


W.L CARELSE : DIRECTOR: LOGISTICAL SERVICES

Comments: DATE


L.J. ELY: CHIEF DIRECTOR: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT DATE:


C.J. FOURIE: DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL CORPORATE MANAGEMENT DATE


R.B.: SWARTZ HEAD: EDUCATION DATE


Budget 2005/06


The budget for 2005/06 is R6.26 bn. This is an 8.4% increase on the adjusted budget for 2004/05. As from 2005/06, the budget for Public Works (infrastructure) is included in the budget of the WCED.


The split in the allocation between personnel and non-personnel is 80/20. This comparison includes the amounts for Public Works, iKapa elihiumayo and the conditional grants for the National School Nutrition Programme and HIV/AIDS. Should these amounts be excluded the personnel and non-personnel split is 85/15, which is in line with the national guidelines and norms.


Included in the budget are the following major non-personnel items: # Norms and standards funding of schools - R240 m School learner transport - R114 m IKapa elihiumayo -R125 m National School Nutrition Programme - R40 m Learner tracking system - R7,5 m Independent school subsidies - R32.4 m HIV/AIDS-R11,2m


The personnel numbers over the past months are as follows:

 

April

May

June

July

CS Educators

29 465

30 226

30 577

29 154

PS personnel

7 951

8 208

8 203

8 120

Total

37 416

38 428

38 780

37 274

Expenditure as at the end of August 2005 is indicated in the table below:

Classification

Budget

R000

Spent till August

R000

% spent

Compensation of employees

5 021 615

2 050 970

41%

Non personnel (current)

1 067 259

3 88 008

36%

Buildings (capital)

170 972

91 256

53%

Total

6 259 846

2 530 234

40%

At this stage 41,6% of the financial year has passed. The total expenditure of the WCED is at 40%. Progress on spending according to the classification is as follows


# Compensation of employees - spending according to budget and in line with the expected norm.


# Non-personnel (current) - transfer payments are made according to an approved payment schedule thus the reason for the spending below the expected norm.


# Buildings (capital) - includes projects that must be funded from the sale of land. This is the reason why expenditure is above the expected norm.


NATIONAL SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAMME


NOTES FOR THE MEC


1. FEEDING CURRENT ADJUSTMENT APRIL 2006

OCT/NOV 2005

859 SCHOOLS 883 SCHOOLS 1 000 + SCHOOLS

156 617 LEARNERS 193 000 LEARNERS 203 000 LEARNERS


TRANSFER OF FUNCTION TO SCHOOL GOVERNING BODIES


The WCED will launch a pilot study in 2006 on transfering the function to SGBs. (It should, however, be noted that the national Treasury is not in favour of such a practice as it creates many problems.)


3.VOLUNTEERS CURRENT ADJUSTMENT APRIL 2006

OCT/NOV 2005

R50pm

(10mnths) *R100/R150pm R150/R225

(10 mnths) (10 mnths)


(*Schools that feed 50 or less learners: volunteers receive the lower amount per month.)


4. MENUS


Action Plan:


Consultation on new menu(s) with schools: Sept 2005

Planning for pilot studies on new menus: Oct/Nov 2005

Piloting the new menus: Jan-June 2006

Bid tender document with new menus: 1 Sept 2006

Introduction of new menus: 1 April 2007


5.SERVICE PROVIDERS NO OF VOLUNTEERS


1 NGO April 2006 = 1 600 + Cost = R4 million

1 CBO

1 SMME


(Current service providers are contracted until March 2007. No of volunteers will be increased to more than 1 600.)