A picket was held outside parliament last night to highlight the educational needs of the country ahead of today's Budget speech. Organised by the NGO Equal Education, the protesters called on the Department of Basic Education to explain why it has only replaced 10 out of 496 mud schools. "We call on Minister Gordhan to provide oversight to the national Department of Education and the Eastern Cape department in order to improve spending." Education writer Michelle Jones is in parliament today to cover the budget. See Thursday's Cape Times.

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