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Provinces need to establish health and education subcommittees to ensure oversight and accountability by government employees, the ANC has proposed in its policy discussion documents released on Monday.

“The ANC subcommittees on education and health needs effective and functional structures to carry out its mandate in the basic education, higher education and training, health and science and technology internally,” it said in a paper on education and health.

In the paper, the ANC said it welcomed policies and strategies contained in the department of basic education action plan to 2014: Towards the Realisation of Schooling 2025.

“The action plan to 2014 is a strategy of the basic education department to strengthen weak areas in the education system that have been identified as needing support,” it said.

“Job creation remains the top most priority for our country in the fight against poverty, unemployment and inequality.”

In the paper, the ANC suggested that Grade R be compulsory in all communities and that the government should embark on an intensive training and employment programme for Grade R teachers.

On higher education, it proposed that community service be expanded to all disciplines and be compulsory for all graduates from higher education institutions.

“Learners will also benefit from a higher quality education and the nation will also benefit as school graduates with better skills and knowledge levels enter further and higher education.”

First year students from poor families and rural communities should be provided with adequate residence space in universities.

The ANC welcomed the progress made on the rolling out of free education.

It said it was crucial for the growth of the economy that the FET college sector be strengthened along with the quality of its offerings.

“It will absorb many learners and provide the economy with skills it needs if the quality of the sector is developed and the job market places premium on this qualification.”