State to cut exam food supplies
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