2019-w1399 - 09 December 2019

Chantel King to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)(a) What is the status of the evaluation report on scholar transport that was prepared by her department, in co-operation with the Department of Transport and the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, (b) by what date will the specified report be released to the public and (c) what public participation processes will be accommodated; (2) what is the status on steps to impose standardised criteria and/or minimum standards on provinces, with specific reference to the (a) status of learner transport policies in each province and (b) progress made by each province to accommodate learners with disabilities in this regard?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 9 Dec 2019

1.  (a) The Evaluation of the Learner Transport was commissioned by the Standing Committee on Appropriations and was led by the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education, Department of Transport and the National Treasury. The report was completed and approved by the Project Steering Committee in June 2019. An improvement plan responding to evaluation recommendations was ...

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2019-w1606 - 09 December 2019

Nomsa Innocencia Tarabella Marchesi to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1033 on 4 November 2019, what are the details of the support mechanisms that her department provides to educators who (a) are not comfortable with teaching comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) and/or (b) simply refuse to teach CSE; (2) (a) what action will be taken against educators who refuse to teach CSE based on moral or religious objections, (b) who will teach the CSE classes if an educator refuses to teach CSE and (c) where will the extra educators come from to teach the CSE?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 9 Dec 2019

1. (a) Teachers are provided with a 3 days training that covers the content and teaching methodologies used and how to use the Scripted Lesson Plans (SLPs), including lesson demonstrations. Subject Advisors are also provided with coaching and mentoring training to be able to provide continuous support to teachers during implementation.

(b)Life Orientation (LO) teachers can’t refuse to teach CSE as it ...

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2019-w1206 - 09 December 2019

Chantel King to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What number of learners (a) fell pregnant from 1 June 2018 to 30 June 2019, (b) what is the age range of the learners and (c) what is the name of each province in which the pregnancies were recorded?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 9 Dec 2019

(a)(b)(c)

The Department of Health (DoH) has been recording data on the number of deliveries in health facilities since 2017 through the District Information Health System (DHIS). As at April 2018 – March 2019, the DHIS report showed the number of teen births between 10 – 19 years in all nine (9) provinces was 121 099 compared to 117 055 in the 2017/18 ...

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2019-w1607 - 09 December 2019

Désirée Van Der Walt to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With reference to the statement released by her department on 17 September 2019, (a) what is the name of each stakeholder her department (i) engaged with and (ii) consulted regarding the comprehensive sexuality education curriculum, (b) where was each stakeholder engagement or consultation held and (c) what was the outcome of each stakeholder engagement and/or consultation?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 9 Dec 2019

(a) – (c)

The DBE do not offer a Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) curriculum as Sexuality Education has been offered through the Life Skills (LS) and Life Orientation (LO) Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) since 2000.

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2019-w1460 - 09 December 2019

Désirée Van Der Walt to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With reference to the introduction of the Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative programme, which schools in each province appeared on the original list;

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 9 Dec 2019

The Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (ASIDI)’s original list targeted to eradicate 510 inappropriate schools, provide water to 1117 schools, sanitation to 701 schools and electricity to 902 schools as indicated in the below table:

Province

Original ASIDI List

 

Inappropriate Schools

Water

Sanitation

Electricity

EC

442

620

344

317

FS

30

98

26

129

GP

3

0

28

2

KZN

3

229

140 ...

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2019-w1604 - 09 December 2019

Nomsa Innocencia Tarabella Marchesi to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1033 on 4 November 2019, what are the details of the procedure that needs to be followed by parents to (a) have their children opt out of comprehensive sexuality education and (b) submit an alternative curriculum that is approved in accordance with the requirements of the Curriculum Assesment Policy Statement (CAPS); (2) whether any parents have used the opt-out option since the inception of the revised Life Orientation curriculum; if so, (a) what number of learners have opted out and (b) what alternative CAPS-approved curriculums are the learners following?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 9 Dec 2019

1.  (a) and (b)

The response to Question 1033 is not to be interpreted that parents may opt out of sections of the CAPS curriculum. The response in fact suggests that parents have the right to choose where they send their children to school. At any point a parent can opt out of the CAPS curriculum by seeking another curriculum like Cambridge or the ...

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2019-w894 - 05 December 2019

Henry Andries Shembeni to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether the Government built Silulu Secondary School in Kamaqhekeza in Mpumalanga Province; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what date was it built and (b) what total amount did it cost to build the school?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 5 Dec 2019

a) The Department has not yet built Silulu Secondary School but conducted planning and design in the 2018/19 Financial year and earmarked construction commencement in the 2019/20 and completion in the 2020/21 financial year. The Project was out on tender in May, however was withdrawn and will be re-advertised in the 4th quarter of the 2019/20 Financial Year.

b) The ...

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2019-w1428 - 29 November 2019

Ngwanamakwetle Reneiloe Mashabela to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether the Mokala Primary School in the Ratlou Local Municipality in North West was closed by her department; if so, what are the alternative measures that have been put in place to assist the learners to go to school and/or continue with their education?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 29 Nov 2019

Mokala Primary School was initially a farm school about 13km from Setlagole Village. In 2011, due to the low enrolment of learners the school was forced to close. Learners from the school were moved to Senwamatsana Primary School in Setlagole in 2012. In 2013 the school was reopened in Lopapeng Section in Setlagole. This school was merged with Badiri Primary School from Westend Ranch ...

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2019-w1458 - 29 November 2019

Désirée Van Der Walt to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)What number of (a) learners are currently enrolled at the Thabakhibidu Primary School in Rooiberg, Thabazimbi, (b) permanent teachers have been appointed at the specified school and (c) vacant positions are on the staff; (2) what number of (a) classrooms does the school have and (b) learners does the school have in each classroom; (3) what number of educators reside on the school premises; (4) whether buildings that were previously used as offices are now being used as a school building; if so, (a) since what date and (b) on what date will a suitable school be built on the allocated stand for the community of Thabazimbi? NW2724E

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 29 Nov 2019

(1) Thabakhibidu Primary School has (a) 370 learners and (b) 8 permanent teachers in 2019 with (c) 2 vacant positions;

(2) (a) (b) It has 8 classrooms with between 37 and 57 learners per class. There are 10 educators residing on the schools premises. Please see Table 1 below for more detail.

Table 1: Number of learners per class, in Thabakhibidu Primary School, in ...

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2019-w1396 - 19 November 2019

Chantel King to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With reference to the post provisioning norms as set by her department, what number of vacancies still exist in schools?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education on 19 Nov 2019

Number of vacancies in schools at the end of September 2019 as reported by the Provincial Education Departments. Although these are reported vacancies that need to be advertised, this does not translate to real vacancies at the schools affected as temporary teachers have been appointed in these posts until they are filled permanently.

PROVINCE

Number of vacancies as at the end of September 2019 ...

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