New School Policy Affects Learners' Right To Education - Equal Education

The new draft school admissions policy affects learners right to basic education through issues with application processes, appropriate school placements and many other things. Equal Education Researchers are working to create a greater access for basic education and the rights of learners. 



The new school drafting admissions policy is being questioned on whether or not it affects everyone's right to basic education.

While the new policy has many positives, it does not ensure the right to education for all. Researchers of Equal Education, have submitted some changes they would like to see in the new amendment. 

Jane Borman, a researcher at Equal Education says one of the problems are:

[That] there is no clarification on the roles and responsibilities that the government has to play, whether it be the district officials or the provincial one.

There is a lack of access to appropriate schools for learners who require special education, because of the new drafting policy.

The new policy also creates issues around foreign national learners attempting to attended schools in South Africa, effecting their right to education.

Borman says:

[The new policy] is a step  in the right direction but, there are significant changes that definitely need to made.

One of the changes that surely need to be met is the parental application process. Parents have reported that the online application process, and just the general process of applications, are too complicated, and the difficulty they have increased the chance of late applications, resulting in learners being set back.

Equal Education's plan of action does not only mean submitting changes to the new amendment but, also creating a greater access to basic education, ensuring that everyone's right to education is met.

They are working with parents to push district officials and provincial officials to get on board and support what the change they are trying to make.


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