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Foreign learners cost the GDE

31 July 2019

GDE is facing challenges when it comes to accommodating foreign learners.

The MEC for Education and Youth Development in Gauteng, Panyaza Lesufi, appeared before the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in Alexandra on Wednesday, 24 July.
The MEC addressed the Commission on the issues affecting the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE).

The MEC said the GDE is facing challenges when it comes to accommodating foreign learners as the foreign learners have to be subsidised by the money that has been allocated to service the legitimate South African (SA) learners.
“If in the class there are 30 SA learners and 20 foreign learners, you must know that the 30 are subsidising the 20, as we need to take care of them,” said Lesufi.

He went on to say that the SAHRC has said the GDE has no right to say that these learners are not supposed to be at our schools, so a decision not to deny education to anyone has been taken. “Instead, we share whatever we have, but the pressure on resources is huge, and now some of them are demanding to be taught in their own languages,” said Lesufi.

Source: Roodepoort Record

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