According to the Equal Education Organization, the population should reject the Basic Education Department’s proposals to amend the School Act, especially the cancellation of deadlines for the provision of school infrastructure.
Members of the organization picketed outside the ministry’s offices in Pretoria to voice their displeasure with the proposed changes.
The school holidays are used for a fair purpose. These students say that their school environment is less desirable due to the lack of adequate infrastructure.
One protester says: “The environment is not favorable at all because we are faced with situations where we do not have the basic minimum that we should have.”
“My school lacks chairs and the infrastructure is so bad that sometimes we sit on the floor in my class,” adds another.
In order to aggravate the situation, the Department of Basic Education proposed to cancel the deadlines for the provision of school infrastructure.
The deadline for the proposal awaiting public comment is the end of this month.
According to Equal Education, if the proposal is successful, the Basic Education Department cannot be held responsible.
Equal Education head of research, Hopolang Selebalo, explains: “Abolishing time limits is fundamentally quite regressive and does not recognize or recognize that the right to primary education is an immediately recognizable right under our constitution, so you don’t want to throw out timetables or remove them entirely timetables from a law that regulates what school infrastructure should look like and when students should get school infrastructure.”
The Department’s spokesperson received Equal Education’s memo of claims. Elijah Mhlanga from the Department of Basic Education says: “We are in the middle of the public participation process, so we are currently looking to the public for input and this is one of the activities that they have contributed to.”
Ejenlő Oktatás appealed to the public to make submissions regarding the ministry’s proposals, which can be found in the government gazette.
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