SA Legally Bound to Educational Reforms

Activists urge the government to be legally bound to extensive education reforms

Activists have urged the government to be legally bound to extensive education reforms.

The application due to be heard in the Western Cape High Court will determine whether the government will have to submit regular reports to the public protector, the South African Human Rights Commission or the Auditor-General detailing how it is remedying its alleged failures to comply with the Constitution’s requirements on the right to basic education.

Applicants Jean Pease, educationist and civil society activist, and the Progressive Principals Association, a 200-member Western Cape-based organisation, specify age-appropriate early childhood development programmes, mother tongue-medium education, timeous supply and delivery of adequate quantities of textbooks and relevant teaching materials and  professionalising teachers as the four areas in which they contend that the government’s systemically dysfunctional implementation violates constitutional rights.

To read the article titled, “Education’s legal fires ‘need dousing’,” click here.

Source: 
Mail and Guardian

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