Cabinet pleased with progress of exams

Thursday, November 2, 2017
By: 
More Matshediso

Cabinet says it is satisfied that the end-of-year examinations currently taking place at schools and other learning institutions are going ahead unhindered.

Briefing media in Cape Town on Thursday following a Cabinet meeting that was held on Wednesday, Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Nubane said education is one of the key drivers towards a better future for all in the country.

“Parents and guardians are urged to continue to give the necessary support to learners during this period,” she said.

The Minister said the Department of Basic Education’s catch-up programmes and other initiatives have assisted learners affected by protests during the year and a positive outcome is expected.

National School Nutrition Programme

Cabinet has also approved the publication of the Report on the Evaluation of the National School Nutrition Programme.

“This is a government programme with an annual budget of R5.5 billion resulting in nine million children from poor communities receiving a daily nutritious meal at school.”

The report provides areas of effective implementation and some areas that need improvement. Minister Kubayi-Ngubane said the report will be made available on the website of the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (www.dpme.gov.za).

University fees

She said Cabinet was briefed on the Report of the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training in South Africa.

“The Presidential Fiscal Committee will sit soon to interrogate financial implications. The Department of Higher Education and Training will have to review relevant policies and legislation, where necessary.”

The Minister said President Jacob Zuma will release the report to the public soon and the President’s spokesperson, Dr Bongani Ngqulunga, will make an announcement regarding this matter. - SAnews.gov.za