Mpumalanga Department Budget for 2016-17


Advancing excellence in quality education provision


The Mpumalanga Department of Education commits to work with its stakeholders to promote effective teaching and learning through good governance, capable management and proficient leadership

Core functions and responsibilities

  • Since 2001, the department has been shifting its focus from establishing broad policy and governance structures and stabilisation of the education system, to improving access, quality and equity. Recent policy pronouncements from the Presidential State of the Nation Address point to the centrality of Education in driving an accelerated and shared economic growth. 2015/2016 financial year was the beginning of a new 5 Year Cycle 2015 – 2020 whereby the focus will be on implementing the National Development Plan through the priorities as outlined Medium Term Strategic Framework 2014 -2019 of Government.

  • In order to achieve the outcome of improved quality of basic education, there will be a focus on improving the quality of teaching so that results improve, as measured by internationally benchmarked tests. Targets have been set for the improvements in results at various grades over time. In order to achieve this, we will be providing all schools with appropriate learner and teacher support materials such as lesson plans, workbooks and textbooks, to ensure proper coverage of the curriculum. Curriculum coverage and the utilisation of these resources will be closely monitored as this is part of the nonnegotiables for the sector. The monitoring of the implementation of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) in both General Education Training (GET) and Further Education Training (FET) phases of the system will be prioritised. Some children live far away from school. Others need special education and local schools may not offer this, and many are from poor homes. To achieve this we will continue to make the number of no-fee schools available and to increase feeding schemes to assist children from poor families.

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