Members of the Gallery,
Comrades and Friends.
Hon. Speaker, as we celebrate Youth Month this year, I think it is important to reflect on government’s commitments to ensure that everyone receives basic education. According to Section 29 (1) of the South African Constitution; “Everyone has the right to a basic education, including adult basic education, and further education, which the state, through reasonable measures, must make progressively available and assessable”.
The Free State ANC led-government has committed itself to ensuring that the people do not just gain access to basic education but also of great quality. We have further committed ourselves to; Construction of libraries in Wepener, Smithfield, Soutpan and Arlington are in progress.
- Wepener Library.
- Smithfield Library: Which is in the construction stage.
- Soutpan Library: Designs to be relooked into for implementation as a One-stop center.
- Arlington Library: Which is in the construction Stage
We further pride ourselves with the construction of the following 8 new schools around the Free State province;
- Bethlehem: Rehopotswe (Bohlokong) Primary School
- Botshabelo: Tlholo Primary School
- Sasolburg: Amelia Primary School
- Hertzogville: Malebogo Primary School
- Welkom: Albertina Sisulu Primary School
- Bloemfontein: Grassland Primary School
- Bloemfontein: Dinaweng Primary School
- Bloemfontein: Grassland Secondary School
Hon. Members by 2011, there were approximately 19 933 no-fee schools country-wide; nearly 8.1 million pupils in the country do not pay school fees. Hon. Members, the ANC has recommitted itself to working towards 60% no-fee and compulsory education for all children. There has been a significant improvement; 62.4% in 2013 to 65.4% in 2015 according to the General Household Survey (GHS).
Hon. Speaker, the ANC has committed itself to ensuring quality and access to basic education. As the Hon. Premier said “We have a good story to tell in so far as the transformation of education in the country and our Province in particular. 85.5% of schools in the province is no-fee schools, benefitting 533 681 learners in the Free State. This is indeed some of the factors which are affecting transformation in the education system, and the ANC is addressing them on both a national and provincial level. As we celebrate Youth Month, let us celebrate the changes made to lives of so many South Africans.