Concerns about making funding for basic education model more equitable

The basic education funding model is based on a number of factors and continues to be a challenging task for national and provincial government.

With the aim of reducing economic disparities, funds are distributed from Treasury and dispersed equally among provinces according to the equitable share model. However, experts have raised concern regarding the model, claiming it entrenches inequality further.

In response to the matter, Ralph Mehl from the Department of Basic Education, agreed that the model could be improved. He said that the department's position on the matter is that the funding model is equitable as it provides larger amount of funds to poorer communities.

702/Cape Talk's Eusebius McKaiser (standing in for Redi Tlhabi) spoke to Mehl and senior researcher at the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute, Daniel McLaren, regarding the matter.

Listen to the interview below:

If the constitutional goal around education is to promote equal access to quality education, that obviously requires redress.

Daniel McLaren, Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute

On the question of whether it can be improved, I think most definitely. Treasury is in the process of re-looking at these ratios.

Ralph Mehl, Department of Basic Education

This article first appeared on 702 : Concerns about making funding for basic education model more equitable


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