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Motshekga set to release ‘Jobs for cash’ report this month

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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is expected to release the ‘jobs for cash’ report later this month.

The release of the report was postponed twice, with the last postponement being as a result of an agreement between the Minister and the Ministerial Task Team (MTT) to allow stakeholders to make their inputs into the report.

The Minister was speaking to the media ahead of tabling the Department of Basic Education’s Budget Vote in Parliament.

At last year’s Budget Vote, Minister Motshekga announced that she would appoint the MTT to investigate allegations of corrupt activities in the appointment of promotional posts in the sector. The team has since submitted its final report to the Minister, which she has processed through Cabinet.

Cabinet recommended that the department should develop a plan of action as government’s response to the report, which should include wide consultations with the relevant basic education stakeholders and partners.

The Council of Education Ministers, the Heads of Education Departments Committee, teacher unions as well as the principals and school governing body associations have been consulted.

“This was done after written and verbal representations were made to the Ministerial Task Team. During the consultations, stakeholders requested an extension of the release of the report to allow them time to refine their inputs.  After consulting with the MTT, I agreed to postpone the release of the report by 14 days.  Therefore, the Ministerial Task Team report will now be released around the 20th of May 2016,” she said.

In response to a question, the Minister said she “has no reason for not wanting to release the report.”