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The Department of Basic Education has received backlash over its failure to avail newly proposed infrastructure law for public comment.


A report done by Equal Education revealed that 80% of schools in South Africa are dysfunctional. Underperforming schools were observed and a shortage of study materials, violence and poverty were evident.


Education Activist group, Equal Education marched to Parliament demanding that the proposed changes to school infrastructure laws be scrapped.


Civil society groups such as, Equal Education have called for key changes to be made to the Basic Education Law Amendment Bill to ensure that schools have safe and workable policies that protect learners’ basic rights.


The Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill allows the limited sale of alcohol at school functions. However, certain social groups do not agree with this section of the bill.


The Equal Education Law Centre has taken legal action against the Western Cape Education Department over seven learners who have not been placed at a school in the Metro East District. 

 


Equal Education has released a report on the current state of Gauteng schools involving overcrowding in schools. The organisation also brings forth demands that will benefit the learners.


Overcrowding has been identified as an obstacle to quality teaching and learning at some Gauteng schools. This is according to a report launched by Equal Education (EE) on overcrowding at nine schools in Etwatwa, and Ekurhuleni.


Its that time of the year when the recently appointed Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana will be addressing the nation as he tables Medium-Term Budget Policy statement today. Unpopular reactions have come to the fore with regards to the budget cuts in the Department of Basic Education (DBE). 
 


The Department of Basic Education is concerned over the 750 000 learners who have dropped out of schools across the country over the span on the past year during the Covid-19 pandemic. 


The deputy President of South Africa, David Mabuza, has shared his concerns about the recurring high rate of school dropouts. Read further for more. 


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the many disruptions it birthed, South African schools and it's learners are a year behind. The pandemic has also largely impacted the rate of dropouts in the country.


This pandemic has resulted in many losses, one of them being class and valuable teaching time. For over a year now, schools have not seen normalcy with online classes and rotational timetables being the centre of schools. The dropout rate has also worsened.


We have officially reached the 26th of July which means that learners in South Africa return to schools today. Over the past weekend, the Basic Education Minister gave details on how this return to school will go along with the department's plans.


The United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which acts as a promoter and defender of children’s rights, has come out and said enough is enough. The activist organisation shares concerns as governments close schools to prevent the Spread of Covid-19 so read further for more details.


Education Activists organisations have taken the Department of Basic Education to court over what they call the "Breach of Court Order." It is not the first time that the organisations have taken the Department to court, read further for more details.


The Educators Union of South Africa is calling for teachers to protest for schools to be temporarily closed for the third wave. The department has insisted that schools will stay open, which some are not happy with.


With cases growing by over 10 000  every day and with Gauteng already exhausted by the third wave, will schools be closing again? The Congress of South African Students and other stakeholders have called for this to take place with other organisations, such as Equal Education, taking the opposite view.


Following the tragic death of Eastern Cape pupil Avethandwa Nokhangela, Equal Education implemented a fact-finding process which was managed by the Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) which was set to conclude on Friday 28 May.


Equal Education has stated their concern about the 1.5 million learners who are not being fed by the government’s School Nutrition Programme. Despite receiving a court order, the programme has not lived up to its responsibility of feeding these children. 


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