Hon Deputy Speaker, on the questions around infrastructure, the answer is based on the information that we have in the system. Of the almost 24 000 schools that we have, a total of almost 70% of the schools do not have libraries and 84% do not have laboratories. This does not include the fact that we said that the main aim of the library is to give kids access to books.
So, there are other measures which we are talking about, which include a physical room called the library. There are measures that the provinces took which, for instance, include the mobile libraries, the cluster libraries, centralised libraries, classroom, book corners and also a number of community libraries which give kids access to books. So, the number does exclude those.
In terms of providing a physical facility, as a department, we have intensified and worked with our provinces. For instance, through our compact disc, cd, which I can share with you, since July we have been handing over a school every week in the Eastern Cape. Next week, around the fourth, we are going to be handing over two of them. We have been handing over a school every week in the provinces, especially in the Eastern Cape where there are big problems.
The provinces also have programmes through their own initiatives. They started launching what they call the 'four-by-fours'. I was in the Free State, where they launched, out of their budgets, libraries, laboratories, computer centres. Those are provincial programmes. What we have also done is to ensure that there is a plan. We are saying to provinces, as a sector, in line with the National Development Plan, NDP, come 2030, all the necessary infrastructure should be in place. That plan is there; we are going to publish it on Monday.
The other question is about training. We are saying that, currently, teachers who already have an initial teacher qualification can further specialise as school librarians by completing an Advanced Certificate in Education, ACE, in this area. There are two universities offering an ACE programme on school librarianship - the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of Western Cape.
According to the Department of Higher Education, in terms of trends in 2011, there were 164 students who graduated in library sciences, and 399 are enrolled. The University of Western Cape has 27 graduates and 29 students who have enrolled. There is also a new qualifications policy which is in place on the minimum requirements for teacher education qualification. The universities will phase out the old qualification as they introduce the new, aligned qualification. The new qualification described in the policy, which allows qualified teachers to further specialise as school librarians, include the Advanced Diploma in Education which is at NQF level 7 and the post-graduate education diploma which is at NQF level 8.
In addition to the new qualifications policy, which also allows students who are completing a Bachelor of Education, B.Ed, to select the school library as one of the areas of specialisation. There is also a database for previous enrolment for the old qualification. I thank you. [Time expired.]