Zuma jeered at Youth Day rally

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - MOLAOLE MONTSHO

ED­U­CA­TION is the most pow­er­ful weapon to­wards eco­nomic free­dom, Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma told school­child­ren bussed in from North West.

Ear­lier, Zuma was heck­led as he started his speech by a group of peo­ple chant­ing “Zuma must fall” . The group was later re­moved from the sports ground in Tsh­ing in Ven­ters­dorp.

“Gov­ern­ment has taken rea­son­able and prac­ti­cal measures in en­sur­ing that young peo­ple are en­rolled in schools and study in de­cent schools and not mud schools and other in­ap­pro­pri­ate struc­tures, Zuma said at the main Youth Day com­mem­o­ra­tion.

“Through the Ed­u­ca­tion In­fras­truc­ture Grant and the Ac­cel­er­ated Schools In­fras­truc­ture De­liv­ery Ini­tia­tive, more new schools have been built, re­fur­bish­ments made and new school fur­ni­ture de­liv­ered.”

He said in the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year, R12 bil­lion had been al­lo­cated to im­prove schools in­fras­truc­ture needs.

“Many learn­ers come from poor homes where they go to school with­out hav­ing had some­thing to eat. It is for this rea­son that we started the na­tional school nu­tri­tion pro­gramme, which ben­e­fits nine mil­lion learn­ers from 21 000 schools per day to im­prove their per­for­mance in class. For the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year, gov­ern­ment will spend some R6.8bn on the nu­tri­tion scheme.”

Zuma said the gov­ern­ment wanted youth to ac­cess higher ed­u­ca­tion re­gard­less of the eco­nomic sta­tus of their fam­i­lies. “Since its in­cep­tion, the Na­tional Stu­dent Fi­nan­cial Aid Scheme has dis­bursed more than R72bn rand in loans and bur­saries to stu­dents from poor house­holds.” – ANA

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