by Safiyia Stanfley – DA Provincial Spokesperson on Education in the Northern Cape
Date: 29 June 2017
Type: Press Statement
The Democratic Alliance will request that the Public Protector investigates the payment of salaries out of the Premier’s Bursary Fund.
During a recent committee meeting, the Office of the Premier indicated that their analysis shows that more than 50% of the Fund’s allocation is spent on salaries. This is unacceptable. The purpose of this Fund is to provide financial support for deserving students, especially the poorest of the poor and the missing middle who are not receiving adequate assistance from the NSFAS.
Many students are currently denied the opportunity to further their education, which impacts negatively on their lives.
We also urge the Office of the Premier to incorporate the Fund into its structures as soon as possible. If the administration of the Premier’s Bursary Fund is done by the Office of the Premier itself, the cost of compensation to officials will be lower and more students will be able to benefit meaningfully.
With a youth unemployment rate of 36%, the provincial administration needs to do all it can to empower and equip our youth with the skills they need to become economically active. We cannot afford to fund a bursary scheme which is more concerned about its own officials than the students.
DA Provincial Spokesperson on Education in the Northern Cape
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