Reply by Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, on questions posed in the National Assembly for written reply
1 Nov 2010
Mr J R B Lorimer (DA) to ask the Minister of Basic Education:
Whether her department has an established (a) tendering process and (b) guideline for its National School Nutrition Programme; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
(a) The national Department of Basic Education (DBE) coordinates, oversees, monitors and evaluates the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) to ensure adherence to policies and all relevant legislation. Programme implementation, including the procurement of goods and services for the NSNP, is the mandate of the Provincial Education departments. Each province’s tender board develops and advertises tender specifications for the procurement of both food items and equipment.
(b) In January 2004 the then Department of Education developed guidelines on the implementation, monitoring and reporting of the programme. The document was provided to all provinces for distribution to all schools participating in the programme. The document highlights the areas such as:
In preparation for the extension of the programme to secondary schools in 2009, the department developed a Guide for Secondary Schools (available on www.education.gov.za) which has been distributed to each new cohort of secondary schools as they join the programme.
Annually, a Conditional Grant Framework for the NSNP is drawn up, gazetted and published according to the Division of Revenue Act. The Conditional Grant Framework stipulates the conditions to which provincial departments must adhere in their implementation the programme.
Issued by: Department of Basic Education
1 Nov 2010
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