Basic Education

National Department Budget for 2017-18

Vote purpose

Develop, maintain and support a South African school education system for the 21st century.

Mandate

The Department of Basic Education derives its mandate from the following legislation:

  • the National Education Policy Act (1996), which inscribed into law the policies, the legislative and monitoring responsibilities of the Minister of Basic Education, and the formal relations between national and provincial authorities

  • the South African Schools Act (1996), which promotes access, quality and democratic governance in the schooling system, and makes schooling compulsory for children aged 7 to 15, to ensure that all learners have right of access to quality education without discrimination

  • the Employment of Educators Act (1998), which regulates the professional, moral and ethical responsibilities of educators, as well as the competency requirements for teachers.

The Budget Cycle
Plan

2017-18 Budget

The Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) is a book published along with the tabling of the budget for the new financial year.

Programme budgets for 2017-18

A department's programmes are the activities that it spends money on during the financial year. Different programmes have different expenditure budgets, depending on their requirements and available finances. More detail on the programmes is available in the department's Estimates of National Expenditure documents.

Budgeted spending by sub-programme for each programme

Each chart shows the budgeted spending by each sub-programme of that programme.

Administration
Curriculum Policy, Support and Monitoring
Educational Enrichment Services
Planning, Information and Assessment
Teachers, Education Human Resources and Institutional Development

Budgeted spending by Economic Classification for each programme

Each chart shows the budgeted spending by economic classification under that Programme.

Administration
Curriculum Policy, Support and Monitoring
Educational Enrichment Services
Planning, Information and Assessment
Teachers, Education Human Resources and Institutional Development

Budgeted spending by programme for Economic Classification items

Each chart shows the budgeted spending of each Programme under that Economic Classification.

Current payments - Compensation of employees
Current payments - Goods and services
Current payments - Interest and rent on land
Payments for capital assets - Buildings and other fixed structures
Payments for capital assets - Machinery and equipment
Payments for capital assets - Software and other intangible assets
Transfers and subsidies - Departmental agencies and accounts
Transfers and subsidies - Foreign governments and international organisations
Transfers and subsidies - Households
Transfers and subsidies - Non-profit institutions
Transfers and subsidies - Provinces and municipalities

2017-18 Adjusted Budget

The Adjusted Estimates of National Expenditure (AENE) is a book published along with the tabling of the adjusted budget.

Budget changes in the Adjusted Budget

Total adjustments
-1.8%

Total adjustment to the original budget for this department.

Value of virements
0.3%

Changes to planned spending between categories within this department.

Adjustments by type
Total adjustments by economic classification
Total adjustments by programme
Implement
Please note
Implementation data coming soon
Review

Planned compared to historical expenditure

Budgeted and actual expenditure/allocations for a department can increase or decrease from year to year. Changes in expenditure for a department can be because of changes in the activities of the department, because of changes in priorities between departments, because of cost efficiencies or because of increases in the price of goods and services due to inflation.

The chart shows the department’s actual expenditure for past years, and budgeted expenditure for the current year and the upcoming three years of the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF). By adjusting these numbers to take inflation into account, it is possible to determine if a department’s expenditure is really increasing or decreasing in real terms, as compared to the rest of the economy.

Previous financial years indicate actual expenditure while upcoming financial years indicate estimated expenditure:

Year Phase
2013-14 Audited Outcome
2014-15 Audited Outcome
2015-16 Audited Outcome
2016-17 Adjusted appropriation
2017-18 Main appropriation
2018-19 Medium Term Estimates
2019-20 Medium Term Estimates

Budgeted and Actual Expenditure comparison

Compare the Adjusted Appropriation to the Main Appropriation to see how the spending plans changed during the year. The Audited Outcome then shows what was actually spent.

Note: Direct charges against the National Revenue Fund are excluded

Main Appropriation
Adjusted Appropriation
Final Appropriation
Audited Outcome

Budgeted and Actual Expenditure comparison by Programme

Compare the amount of budget allocated to each of this deparment’s programmes at each phase in the process leading up to the Audited Outcome

Main Appropriation
Adjusted Appropriation
Final Appropriation
Audited Outcome
Teachers, Education Human Resources and Institutional Development
Planning, Information and Assessment
Educational Enrichment Services
Curriculum Policy, Support and Monitoring
Administration
A People's Guide to the Adjusted Budget 2018/19
Data by Public Service Accountability Monitor
Budget Brief: Eastern Cape Department of Education 2016/17
Data by Public Service Accountability Monitor
Budget Brief: Eastern Cape Department of Education 2018/19
Data by Public Service Accountability Monitor
The transparency of public funding of Basic Education in South Africa
Data by International Budget Partnership
Mud to bricks: A review of school infrastructure spending and delivery
Data by Centre for Child Law
Budgets and Bricks: Progress with school infrastructure following the Rivonia Primary School case
Data by Centre for Child Law
How Does Civil Society Use Budget Information?
Data by International Budget Partnership
How transparent and participatory are the budgets of Metropolitan Municipalities in South Africa?
Data by International Budget Partnership
A Guide to Conducting Social Audits in South Africa
Data by International Budget Partnership
Budget Analysis for Advancing Socioeconomic Rights
Data by Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute
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