Organisation Protests Proposal To Change Education Laws

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In 2014, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga published the Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure regulations. This law set out that all schools must have water, electricity, internet, working toilets and safe classrooms.

 


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The School Infrastructure Act aims meant that regardless of race and class, learners around South Africa would be able to learn in appropriate environments.

Civil society group Equal Education (EE) are concerned that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) is taking steps to back out the agreements set out in the School Infrastructure regulations and remove deadlines for projects.

The organisation says that while progress on improving infrastructure has been slow, the proposed changes by Motshekga could mean that learners and teachers will wait for many more years for safe and proper school infrastructure.

The EE marched to parliament on Thursday to protest the proposed changes. The group took broken toilets, torn textbooks and broken desks and chairs to demonstrate the impact of the current state of school infrastructure.

The most scary change Min Motshekga wants to make to the school infrastructure law is to totally remove the deadlines that put the responsibility on govt to get rid of pit toilets - & provide water, electricity, classrooms, libraries, - by specific dates. #DeadlinesToFixSchools pic.twitter.com/aNdMR5i3gK

— Equal Education (@equal_education) June 30, 2022

“It is absolutely unhelpful that these changes have been proposed in a difficult to understand document, and that the public have been given a short period of time in which to make sense of the proposed changes and submit feedback to the DBE," concluded the group.

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