Gauteng social cluster to table budgets

Gauteng social cluster to table budgets

The Gauteng social cluster of MEC's briefed media this morning on progress in implementing the provincial government's plans to improve peoples' lives. 

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Photo: Slindelo Masikane, JacarandaFM News

MECs in the Health, Education, Social Development and Sport & Recreation will be delivering their 2016/17 budget speeches in the provincial legislature.

Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu stated that education remains the backbone of radical socio-economic transformation and government would continue to invest the lions' share of public resources into schools.

"Between 2016 and 2018 we will open 27 more schools of specialisation across the province to strengthen our skills base," Mahlangu said.

The number of "classrooms of the future", which were first introduced in 2014, continues to grow.. From the seven schools connected to e-learning in 2015, this year there are 1861 grade 12 classrooms and 42 schools connected.

The provincial government is also planning to increase the number of schools for children with special needs in townships. Eight such schools have been opened so far and a further 18 are set to open their doors this year. 

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