A report released by Transparency International (TI) titled “Mapping Transparency, Accountability, and Integrity in Primary Education in South Africa” shows that provincial education departments in South Africa are failing to deliver solid basic services to primary schools in South Africa.
The report found that schools received their budget allocations late, resulting in schools not having the required means to run their services effectively, and this had particular impact on the poorer non-fee-paying schools.
The report also showed that there was poor enforcement of rules and regulations by education departments, which led to weaknesses in the effectiveness and legitimacy of their work.
Other issued raised was:
- concern by schools’ leadership over embezzlement at provincial level
- low levels of participation, accountability and transparency at school level
- lack of of participation and support from parents
- staff absenteeism
- infrastructure (15 % of schools had no electricity and 10% no water supply; one out of two learners indicated that they are not always provided with a desk)
- sexual harassment and safety (one out of four learners felt that schools are unsafe and that rape and violence are major problems)
- lack of knowledge of rules and regulations governing some key transactions at school level
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