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Durban - About 200 KwaZulu-Natal schools have been operating without cash for more than six months because the education department has halted funds, an education department spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday.
The provincial department was supposed to allocate funds to 200 Section 21 schools six months ago but it closed taps apparently because the schools failed to furnish it with invoices.
Unlike other schools which receive material from the department, the Section 21 schools receive funds from the department to buy material for day-to-day operations.
Education department spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa confirmed that there were about 200 schools that had failed to send their invoices to the department.
“These are the schools that were given money to buy learning, teaching and support material and provision of other services and decided to do something else with the money,” he said.
He said the department was asking for invoices as proof that the schools had bought what they claimed they had bought.
School principals who spoke to Sapa said they had been forced to fork out from their own pockets to run their schools.
“Education is adversely affected by what the department has done. If they don’t want to give us money, they must buy things for us so that education can continue,” said a principal who did not want to be named.
The principals said the department had changed the rules regarding the allocation of funds without informing them.
“We have been sending invoices to private auditors who audit our books. They are appointed by school governing bodies,” another principal said.
The principals said they were only informed in May that they would not get money because of the invoices.
"The department is not serious about education. They are not giving us money and they are not making arrangements for the material to be bought for us,” the principal said.
The department was adamant that it would not allocate funds until it had received invoices.
“As soon as they give us invoices, funding will be given to them. It is that simple,” said Mlotshwa.
He said if schools failed to submit invoices, the department would buy the necessary items for them.
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