State to cut exam food sup­plies

Pretoria News - - METRO -

THE Coun­cil of Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ters has ap­proved a 10% re­duc­tion of food or­ders for high schools dur­ing ex­ams.

It said dur­ing Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber ev­ery year learn­ers did not at­tend school af­ter their ex­ams, and the over-stock­ing of food had in many in­stances made schools vul­ner­a­ble to break-ins.

“It is es­ti­mated that the re­duc­tion of stock­pil­ing of food items will save the de­part­ment a whop­ping R20.6 mil­lion per year.

“This amount could be re-al­lo­cated and re-in­vested into the Na­tional School Nu­tri­tion Pro­gramme, for in­stance, for pur­chas­ing food uten­sils, or dur­ing the sup­port pro­grammes.

“The re­duc­tion of food stock will not ap­ply to Quin­tile 1 to 3 (no-fee schools) and farm schools,” the de­part­ment said.

The en­tity met last Thurs­day to dis­cuss a num­ber of top­ics af­fect­ing the ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor and Min­is­ter Angie Mot­shekga yes­ter­day briefed the me­dia on its out­comes.

She cov­ered a range of is­sues, in­clud­ing school nu­tri­tion, the 2022 school cal­en­dar, the re­moval of life sci­ences and phys­i­cal sci­ence as a pro­viso for of­fer­ing sport and ex­er­cise sci­ence, and en­trepreneur­ship and em­ploy­a­bil­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

Re­gard­ing the regis­tra­tion of un­doc­u­mented pupils, Mot­shekga said they con­tin­ued to get re­ports of pupils who were be­ing turned away from public schools be­cause they did not have iden­tity doc­u­ments.

“We need to re­mind all our schools that the ad­mis­sion of un­doc­u­mented learn­ers in public schools is an im­me­di­ately re­al­is­able right in terms of the judg­ment handed down in this mat­ter in De­cem­ber 2019.

“Any school that does not ad­mit un­doc­u­mented pupils may be faced with lit­i­ga­tion.

“We there­fore urge all schools to com­ply with the court judg­ment,” she said. | Staff Re­porter

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