The vision of the Department of Education (DOE) is: A well-educated, skilled and highly developed citizenry.
The department’s mission is: To provide equitable access to quality education for the people of KwaZulu-Natal.
The core functions of the department are summarised below:
Public Ordinary Schools
This is the department’s primary function aimed at the provision of quality education and learning in schools, the development of educators to ensure that they are equipped to provide the best quality teaching and the provision of Learner Teacher Support Materials (LTSM). Also included in this programme is the provision of support to learners on the curriculum, as well as teacher training programmes.
Lastly, the function includes the provision of food to Public Ordinary School learners from the poorest communities, through the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP). Other conditional grants that are
Estimates of Provincial Revenue and Expenditure aimed at uplifting the quality of education are also in this programme and these include, but are not limited to, the Maths, Science and Technology (MST) grant.
Public Special School Education
The aim of this programme is to provide public education in special schools and full-service schools.
Early Childhood Development (ECD)
This service evolved as a national initiative to strengthen pre-Grade R education, and to make it available to the majority of the citizens.
The aim of this programme is to provide new schools and other school facilities including sports fields, specialists’ rooms and infrastructure for sanitary requirements for all schools.
The Estimates of Provincial Revenue and Expenditure (EPRE) is a book published along with the tabling of the budget for the new financial year.
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 Provincial Expenditure documents.
Each chart shows the budgeted spending by each sub-programme of that programme.
Each chart shows the budgeted spending by economic classification under that Programme.
Each chart shows the budgeted spending of each Programme under that Economic Classification.
The Adjusted Estimates of Provincial Revenue and Expenditure (AEPRE) is a book published along with the tabling of the adjusted budget.
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:
National Treasury, departments and commitees are busy with different things depending on the time of year:
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