norms and standards

NGO Slams Zille Over Motshekga

The Equal Education has criticised the Western Cape Premier,  Helen Zille, for her article defending Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, saying the former made ‘factual errors’.
 
EE chairperson, Yoliswa Dwane, notes that Zille’s article, in which she argues that Motshekga understands conditions in the average disadvantaged classroom, is misleading and riddled with errors.
 
Dwane states that Zille’s article suggests more than once that norms and standards [for school infrastructure] may be ’unachievable’, ’unaffordable’ and ’impractical’.
 

NGO Claims Victory in Motshekga Battle

Education activists have claimed victory after the Eastern Cape High Court ordered Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, to publish norms and standards for school infrastructure.

In a press statement, Equal Education, a non-governmental organisation, says that should the minister fail to comply with the court order, she could face a fine or imprisonment.

Motshekga and her department now have two months to publish for comments amended draft regulations for minimum uniform norms and standards for school infrastructure.

Motshekga Will Not Retract ‘Racist’ Statement

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has no intention of retracting her department's blistering attack on rights organisation, Equal Education.

In a statement, the department called Equal Education a group of white adults organising black African children with half-truths.

Motshekga's spokesperson, Hope Mokgatlhe, has been quoted as saying that the statement will not be retracted because, “There's nothing racist in the statement… Obviously people will interpret it differently.”

DBE Lashes Out at EE’s White Adults

The Department of Basic Education has accused Equal Education of being dishonest and patronising by ‘organising black African children with half-truths’.

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, accused Equal Education of being disingenuous, and also questioned the organisation’s interest in the education of African children.

" ... to suddenly see a group of white adults organising black African children with half-truths can only be opportunistic, patronising and simply dishonest to say the least," she argued.

Motshekga Joins EE March

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, was dolled up to take centre stage at an Equal Education (EE) Youth Day march in Pretoria.

Motshekga's double - a seven-metre high and three metre-wide blow-up doll - joined about 1 500 protesters marching in Pretoria.

The larger-than-life ‘Motshekga’ listened silently as several pupils in uniform spoke out about their disappointment over the minister's failure to tackle issues around standards for school infrastructure.

Equal Education Takes Motshekga to Court

Non-governmental organisation, Equal Education (EE) is taking Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, to court to produce a final document on infrastructure standards for schools.

EE chairperson, Yoliswa Dwane, points out that, “Firstly she has a consultant who will now draft the norms and standards, and now it will take another six months for her.”
Equal Education filed papers in the Bisho High Court in the Eastern Cape, arguing that the minister has reneged on an agreement to produce the document by May 2013, following a court action last year.

Deadline for Motshekga’s Agreement Extended

Equal Education has given Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, until close of business on 17 May 2013 to agree to a month's extension to publish the norms and standards plan.
 
Equal Education has agreed with ‘great reluctance’ to the basic education minister's request for an extension to finally publish the highly contested and long-awaited norms and standards for school infrastructure.
 

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