Issues of Health and Education are of paramount importance to the ANC, says Health and Education Commission Chair, Naledi Pandor.

She was addressing the media on the commission’s resolutions at the organisation’s National Conference taking place at Nasrec, in Gauteng.

Pandor says there is a need to intensify public engagement programmes so that young people are aware of the value available in science, technology and innovation. She says there is also a need to see greater affinity between the private sector and universities and training institutions.

There must also be greater effort to ensure the inequity between urban and rural schools be stemmed, she says, emphasising there is a need to improve incentives and salary scales for rural-based educators.

Pandor has hinted that there hasn’t been much discussion around the funding of free Higher Education as announced last week by President Jacob Zuma, because there had already been an assurance that Treasury would make allowances in the February budget statement.

She says the commission has resolved there should be steps to intensify efforts for the National Health Insurance (NHI)to be implemented. In addition, there’s a proposal for the number of pilot sites to be expanded and a strong proposal to use medical aid tax rebates as funding to support NHI.

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