PARLIAMENT - Education remained the highest budget item in the budget speech with the Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announcing R111-billion for higher education.
Mboweni said in his speech, "our children are our future. Most of the spending goes to education, and we will strengthen early childhood development and support higher education for the most deserving.
As a whole, education will receive R386,4-billion a year from the national coffers.
The government has also announced a maths and science grant.
Complementary services to education and learning have been prioritised with the lion's share being to learning and culture, social development, health and community development.
There have been a number of protests over money owed to universities this year.