More money for teachers, free higher education – Budget 2022
“In this budget, we are adding R24.6 billion for provincial departments of education to fill gaps in teacher pay.”
Pupils at eThekwini Primary School in KwaMashu, north of Durban, on the first day of full-time schooling on February 7, 2022. Photo: Nhlanhla Mabaso/Eyewitness News
JOHANNESBURG – In his first budget speech, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana allocated additional funds to compensate teachers and help make higher education free.
The South African government announced a free higher education policy in 2017 and during his budget speech on Wednesday, Godongwana announced that an additional R32.6 billion would be given for financial support to current scholarship recipients. and to freshmen under the National Student Student. Financial Assistance Scheme (NSFAS).
“Any further shortfall will be funded from the Ministry of Higher Education baseline,” he said.
Godongwana also noted that during the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers have made sacrifices to ensure students receive an education. He allocated more money for their salaries.
“In this budget, we are adding R24.6 billion to provincial education departments to fill gaps in teacher pay.”