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Mpumalanga MEC for education says schools are not allowed to withhold stationery

The MEC for education, Bonakele Majuba, said the stationery the department provided should be adequate, and that parents should not be compelled to supplement this.

The MEC for education, Bonakele Majuba, has urged principals and school governing bodies to ensure that the learning and teaching support materials the department provided is distributed to all the quintiles 1 to 3 learners before the schools reopen.

This was during a state of readiness media briefing for the 2024 school year held at Chill Pepper Boutique Hotel on January 10.
He said under no circumstances should schools in the province withhold stationery.

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“The view of the department is that the stationery has been assessed and is adequate to enable learning and teaching throughout the year. To this end, there must be no instance where parents are going to be compelled to dig deep into their pockets to add to the already provided stationery. This applies mainly to the no-school fees, quintiles 1 to 3, within the province. The no-fee schools receive a subsidy from the department to enable them to buy additional resources for day-to-day running. It is unjustifiable for them to demand parents to pay for certain resources. The budgets of these schools need to be managed in such a way that parents are truly relieved from paying for the day-to-day running of the schools. The members of school governing bodies are urged to consider the plight of parents at all times,” he explained.

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The learning and teaching support materials were distributed late last year to schools. Further distribution is being done this week to those schools that did not receive their consignments.
“The schools are expected to equally hand over the stationery and learning support material to all learners before January 15 to enable teaching and learning to start in earnest from the first period of the first day of school reopening,” he said.
This distribution includes stationery, workbooks and stationery for new schools or grades of special schools and e-learning.

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