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Education NGO Takes on Minister

Equal Education says pupils at public schools should be guaranteed minimum standards of education.

In a press statement, the organisation says that it is taking legal action against Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, to compel her to put into practice basic "norms and standards" for all pupils in public schools.

It maintains: “Motshekga’s argument against implementing norms and standards is based on a misconception of the right to basic education."

NGO Slams Zambians Harbouring Ex-DRC Soldiers

Real Life Matters Zambia, a NGO looking into the plight of vulnerable children in society, has castigated some Zambians allegedly harbouring suspected former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) soldiers.

The organisation claims that some of the soldiers are reportedly terrorising small-scale farmers in Mufulira’s Mupena farming settlement and are also marrying Zambian school children, some as young as nine years old.

NGO Threatens to Sue Dept Over Textbooks

Civil rights NGO, SECTION27, is considering taking the Department of Basic Education to court for the non-delivery of textbooks in some schools in Limpopo.

SECTION27 lawyer, Nikki Stein, is accusing the department for ignoring a court order to deliver textbooks, after the North Gauteng High Court ruled in May that the department will have to provide textbooks to Limpopo schools by 27 June 2012.

The organisation will in the meantime assess the situation in Limpopo, while it considers taking legal action against the department.

Govt Slams SECTION27 Over Textbook Saga

The Department of Basic Education is accusing civil rights NGO, SECTION27, of acting like a ‘political party’.

This comes after SECTION27 announced that it is considering taking the department to court again, for failing to deliver textbooks on time in some schools in Limpopo.

The organisation, which says it has contacted 14 schools which are yet to receive textbooks, describes the delay as ‘unacceptable’ since it denies children their basic right to education.

World Vision’s Psychomotor Programme Brings Hope for the Future in KwaZulu-Natal

Psychomotor Education is a programme provided in pre-primary schools. The programme follows the method of ‘Bernard Aucouturier’, which is based on the interdependence of physical, affective and social functions of the young child with its environment.  Children play freely with specific equipment, in a non-violent and non-prescriptive environment. Their freedom is conditional on a double rule “We do not hurt others, and, we do not hurt ourselves.”  Psychomotor Educators respect and trust the child’s own unique “inner programme” of development.

SACP Calls NGOs ‘Modern Day Detractors’

The South African Communist Party (SACP) says it will not abandon the African National Congress (ANC) despite increasing criticism about their relationship.

SACP general secretary, Blade Nzimande, argues that, “Our modern day detractors, from the comfort zone of their foreign-funded NGOs and academic institutions, criticise our principled alliance with the ANC.”

Zuma Urged to Investigate Education Problems

Advocacy group, Equal Education, has called on President Jacob Zuma to appoint a judicial commission of inquiry into the debacle as more complaints surfaced this week that several schools in other provinces besides Limpopo have not received their textbooks.

Head researcher at Equal Education, Yoliswa Dwane, says that though the group had faith in the inter-ministerial investigative team Zuma appointed earlier this month, a judicial inquiry was needed to "unearth all the rot" and bring all the culprits to book.

Motshekga to Hold Talks Over Textbook Saga

President Jacob Zuma says the government will not take ‘hasty’ action against Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, following the textbooks crisis.

Meanwhile, Motshekga announced that she will hold meetings with Limpopo Education MEC, Dickson Masemola, teachers union and principals.

The meeting will focus on preparations for next year's academic calendar including the acquisition of textbooks and teacher allocation.

Learners Fail Exams Due to Lack of Textbooks

Despite claims by Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, that the media have overplayed the textbook scandal, a report shows 70 percent of Grade 10 pupils in 25 Limpopo schools failed their June exams.

According to a report in the Sunday Times, Henry Raedani, principal at Azwifarwi Secondary School, was quoted as saying, "Teachers are willing to assist, even over weekends, but we don't have any money to pay them."

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