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
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 non-negotiables 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.
The Estimates of Provincial Revenue and Expenditure (EPRE) sets out the detailed spending plans of each government department for the coming year.
National Treasury, departments and commitees are busy with different things depending on the time of year: