Education must improve

By Drum Digital
19 July 2012

Much needed to be done to improve the quality of education in South Africa, said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga in Johannesburg on Thursday.

"Poverty... is a major barrier to education," Motshekga said at an SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) workshop on the charter of basic education rights.

The need for accurate baseline information was pivotal to measure progress and monitoring, she said.

In a speech prepared for delivery, Motshekga said South Africa's Constitution through the Bill of Rights put children first and government was unflinching in its commitment to education.

She said the involvement of stakeholders in drawing up the charter was important, and her department and the SAHRC needed further engagement regarding the details of the charter.

She said the department was "very willing" to continue working with the SAHRC on the charter.

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