RURAL EDUCATION IN FREE STATE HOSTEL PROJECT BACKGROUND • Feasibility study-2000/2001 • Pilot project with three hostels: Olien SS, Fauresmith; Tseki ss, Qwaqwa; Moroka HS, Thaba Nchu-2002/2003 • Roll out – 2004 to date OBJECTIVES • To provide quality education to farm school learners in well resourced schools in towns where safety is assured. • To provide nutritious meals for healthful growth and development • To enhance the social, spiritual development of learners from farm school raise their self esteem. BUDGET (FUNDING)-2011/2012 TOTAL BUDGET • Transfer Payment (hostel Subsidy) for water, electricity, meals, laundry, cleaning materials,sports & recreation, minor repairs, toiletry, medical costs, telephone cost, audit fees, stationery • Hostel Stock (bedding,crockery, beds, mattresses R44 000 000 • R28 050 000 • R3 000 000 BUDGET (CONTD) ITEM • Hostel Security Services • Hostel Transport for holidays & recreational activities AMOUNT • R9 500 000 • R3 450 000 CHALLENGES • • • • • • • • Inadequate number of suitable hostels Poor workmanship by contractors Lack of parental involvement Overcrowding Curriculum-LOLT Dropout rate Educator/learner ratio (Morkel’s Model) Apathy of some schools to admit learners from farm schools • Bursary for learners to tertiary institutions. • Financial Management OPPORTUNITIES • • • • Access to quality education Healthful living standards Safe and secure environment for education Access to quality sports and recreational activities in quality facilities. ACHIEVEMENTS • 22 Hostels are fully operational • 2444 learners are accommodated in the 22 hostels • 101 learners have completed Grade 12 successfully • Sufficient funds are provided for the upkeep of the learners in the hostels • Funds are provided for maintenance of the hostels.