Keyword: resource allocation

Equalising the Unequal Starts with Education

Picture credit: Wikimedia Commons Ebrahim-Khalil Hassen - The South African dream is that opportunities should not be defined by initial conditions, be they race, gender or class. The Constitution provides the right to education as an important foundational element of reaching this dream. Government has developed an important set of initiatives aimed at improving the school readiness of children, thus potentially providing a fair start for all South Africans. Questions, however, remain as to whether these initiatives will be able to rectify past...

OBE Education in South Africa - is the experiment going to work?

Picture credit: Wikimedia Commons Glenn Ashton - This year is the first that school students – or learners as they are now known - are to matriculate under the new Outcomes Based Educational system. OBE was adopted as one of the first major policy innovations under the newly democratic government in South Africa, under the ideological guidance of the first minister of education, Sibusiso Bengu. The demand to meaningfully change the educational system in South Africa was a priority intervention. The old system, irrevocably...

What's Wrong With the Social Grants System in South Africa?

Picture credit: Julia Cumes Karen Peters - According to the 2008 Budget Speech, currently there are 12.4 million grant beneficiaries in South Africa, with national expenditure on social assistance to the tune of 75.3 billion Rand. However, despite spending on social security remaining a significant proportion of our GDP, an important segment of the population still slips through the social security net. What's wrong with the social grants system in South Africa? To start with, the targeted nature of our social...

Levelling the Playground: A Review of School Funding

Picture credit: www.imrs.ie Russell Wildeman - Idasa believes that the time has come for the development and implementation of free quality basic education for all. However, we remain committed to researching key aspects of current education policy and its implementation in order to encourage policy initiatives that will result in better opportunities for poor children in the future. A major piece of research that Idasa recently undertook was an inquiry into the reforms to the school funding policy. We enquire into whether the...