National 17.8.2016 08:30 am

Free education a ‘priority’ at Cabinet lekgotla

FILE PICTURE: Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. (Photo: GCIS)

FILE PICTURE: Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. (Photo: GCIS)

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said the issue of education was government’s apex priority and would be discussed at the lekgotla.

The issue of education remains a top priority of government, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe told journalists yesterday ahead of the Cabinet lekgotla meeting at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria.

“One of the agenda items that I will be presenting is the issue of the alignment of the national development plan with the national budget,” Radebe said. “The issue of education is our apex of priority. We will be dealing with this matter.”

This follows threats to shut down tertiary institutions if fees are increased next year. Last year, students throughout the country protested over university fees.

Radebe said “strategic repositioning” of the national budget would be discussed at the four-day meeting, as per the outcomes of the ANC’s national executive committee meeting at the weekend.

“In January, Cabinet decided that the department of planning, monitoring and evaluation and the National Treasury need to look at this whole budget and see how it can re-prioritise it during this time of fiscal constraint,” Radebe said, “so we ensure our national development plan is aligned with the national budget.’’

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will today make a presentation on the global, domestic, micro-economic and fiscal situation. “As you recall in the state of the nation address last year, the president outlined the nine-point plan,” Radebe said. “We need to see where we are right now, so we can accelerate this towards 2019.”

Radebe said the third major agenda item would be the full report on the national infrastructure programme and its implementation.

This would be followed by the strategic intervention of accelerating the implementation of the medium-term strategic framework. Issues around the reforms of the state-owned entities would also be discussed.



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