South Africa: A Proposal for a Learner Transport Conditional Grant

September 2017 | Commissioned by the International Budget Partnership South Africa

Many learners in South Africa are unable to access their right to basic education because of the difficulties they experience in getting to school.In September 2015 a national Department of Transport presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education indicated that in the 2015/16 financial year, only 70 percent of all learners needing transport to and from school were actually provided with it.

Currently, provinces are expected to fund the delivery of learner transport from their equitable share allocations, but they generally cite inadequate funds as one of the main reasons they are not meeting the need for learner transport.

This paper presents two possible approaches to the design of a learner transport grant that will, over time, enable South African provinces to provide learner transport to all learners in need, and ensure that funding is protected for the delivery of this service.

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