The Western Cape education department has sounded the alarm over deep cuts the Treasury has forced on its budget, saying it has to scale back plans to build schools and, as a result, more children will remain in overcrowded facilities.

Its concerns are mirrored by the rest of SA’s provincial education departments, which are all scrambling to revise their spending plans after the Treasury announced a R1.78bn cut to the school infrastructure budget for 2023/24 in the medium-term budget policy statement on November 1...

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