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Higherand BasicEducationshouldimmediatelybe declared‘frontline’departmentsinthe fight
againstCovid-19
IssuedbyProf BelindaBozzoli MP – DA Shadow Ministerof HigherEducation,Science and
Technology
15 Jul 2020 in News
The DemocraticAlliance (DA) callsonNational Treasurytodeclare the Departmentsof Basicand
HigherEducationas “frontline departments”giventhe vastquantityof Covid-19protocolstheyhave
to implementforthe safetyof millionsof childrenandadultsatschoolsandcampusesacross the
country.
CabinethasadvisedTreasurytodesignate certaindepartmentsas“frontline”inthe fightagainstthe
Coronaviruspandemic.These“frontline”departments,includingthe Departmentsof Social
Development,Healthaswell asbothDefense andthe Police,are toreceive additional fundingtaken
fromnon-frontline departments.
If and whennon-frontlinedepartmentsneedtoimplementmeasuresneededforCovid-19,they
shouldpayfor thisoutof theirownfunds.
But the criteriausedbyCabinettodecide whata “frontline”departmentactuallyisare unknown.If
it referstothe Departmentsthatare responsible forsupportingthe vulnerableandthe ill,and,of
course,enforcingthe regulations,thereremainsaquestionaboutthe role of education.
SurelyourEducationDepartmentsare prime amongstthose whichsupportandadvance the
interestsof the poorand vulnerableinthe millions,andensure the steadyprogressionof social
developmentandeconomicgrowth.
Furthermore,the EducationDepartments,servingastheydomillionsof childrenandadults,have
responsibilitiestoprovide vastquantitiesof expensive Covid-19protective measures,forlong
periodsof time,aswell asIT equipment,dataandteachingreform, toenable onlineengagement
throughoutthe country.
However,the recentR6.7 billioninbudgetcutsandreallocationsannouncedbythe Departmentof
HigherEducationandTraining,R2.3 billioncutsbythe Departmentof BasicEducationandthe
varyingamountsinEducationDepartmentsinournine provinces,will have asevere impactupon
learners,students,UniversitiesandTVETColleges –while SETAswill be hobbledforthe restof 2020
withhalf the fundingtheyusuallyreceivebecauseof the “LevyHoliday”grantedtobusiness.
Millionsof childrenandyoungpeople will be affectedbythese cuts,reallocationsandreductions.
These budgetcutsand reallocationsshouldimmediatelybe reversed,andthe Education
Departmentsshouldbe givenassistance ratherthanbe burdenedasis currentlythe case.
To expectthese departmentstopayforall of theirCovid-19resourcesoutof theirown,trimmed
budgetsisoutrageous.
The DA urgesNational Treasurytodo what isrightand declare these departments“frontline”status
– notonlyto protectthe educationof scholarsandstudents,butalsotoensure an uninterrupted
supplyof personal protectiveequipmenttoschoolsandcampuses.

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Higher and basic education should immediately be declared

  • 1. Higherand BasicEducationshouldimmediatelybe declared‘frontline’departmentsinthe fight againstCovid-19 IssuedbyProf BelindaBozzoli MP – DA Shadow Ministerof HigherEducation,Science and Technology 15 Jul 2020 in News The DemocraticAlliance (DA) callsonNational Treasurytodeclare the Departmentsof Basicand HigherEducationas “frontline departments”giventhe vastquantityof Covid-19protocolstheyhave to implementforthe safetyof millionsof childrenandadultsatschoolsandcampusesacross the country. CabinethasadvisedTreasurytodesignate certaindepartmentsas“frontline”inthe fightagainstthe Coronaviruspandemic.These“frontline”departments,includingthe Departmentsof Social Development,Healthaswell asbothDefense andthe Police,are toreceive additional fundingtaken fromnon-frontline departments. If and whennon-frontlinedepartmentsneedtoimplementmeasuresneededforCovid-19,they shouldpayfor thisoutof theirownfunds. But the criteriausedbyCabinettodecide whata “frontline”departmentactuallyisare unknown.If it referstothe Departmentsthatare responsible forsupportingthe vulnerableandthe ill,and,of course,enforcingthe regulations,thereremainsaquestionaboutthe role of education. SurelyourEducationDepartmentsare prime amongstthose whichsupportandadvance the interestsof the poorand vulnerableinthe millions,andensure the steadyprogressionof social developmentandeconomicgrowth. Furthermore,the EducationDepartments,servingastheydomillionsof childrenandadults,have responsibilitiestoprovide vastquantitiesof expensive Covid-19protective measures,forlong periodsof time,aswell asIT equipment,dataandteachingreform, toenable onlineengagement throughoutthe country. However,the recentR6.7 billioninbudgetcutsandreallocationsannouncedbythe Departmentof HigherEducationandTraining,R2.3 billioncutsbythe Departmentof BasicEducationandthe varyingamountsinEducationDepartmentsinournine provinces,will have asevere impactupon learners,students,UniversitiesandTVETColleges –while SETAswill be hobbledforthe restof 2020 withhalf the fundingtheyusuallyreceivebecauseof the “LevyHoliday”grantedtobusiness. Millionsof childrenandyoungpeople will be affectedbythese cuts,reallocationsandreductions.
  • 2. These budgetcutsand reallocationsshouldimmediatelybe reversed,andthe Education Departmentsshouldbe givenassistance ratherthanbe burdenedasis currentlythe case. To expectthese departmentstopayforall of theirCovid-19resourcesoutof theirown,trimmed budgetsisoutrageous. The DA urgesNational Treasurytodo what isrightand declare these departments“frontline”status – notonlyto protectthe educationof scholarsandstudents,butalsotoensure an uninterrupted supplyof personal protectiveequipmenttoschoolsandcampuses.