Agang SA welcomes norms ruling

2013-07-13 07:39
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - Agang SA has welcomed the court order compelling the basic education minister to publish the norms and standards for school infrastructure.

"We did not fight in the struggle against apartheid so that mud schools, no textbooks and pit latrines should still be a daily reality for so many learners," the party said in a statement on Friday.

"Nearly 20 years after freedom, a failing education system is robbing millions of young people of their futures and failing to create the skills desperately needed in our economy."

On Thursday, Equal Education (EE) said the Eastern Cape High Court in Bhisho held that Minister Angie Motshekga should prescribe "minimum uniform norms and standards" by the promulgation of regulations for school infrastructure by 30 November.

The regulations should also have compliance time-frames.

Agang SA said that, given the department's delivery record, South Africans should keep a close eye on its progress in publishing the norms and standards.

"It is lamentable that it has taken the constant threat of legal action from EE to focus the minds of the department on what should be a basic right to a decent learning environment for every child in South Africa," it said.

Aiming for excellence

Pupils in South Africa should be put first by raising ambitions and aiming for excellence.

Teaching standards could be raised through better training, by hiring at least 15 000 more teachers, and by attracting unemployed graduates with skills in subjects like mathematics.

"Agang SA will define minimum standards for all elements of the education system so parents know what they should expect from government and can hold it accountable," the party said.

EE describes itself as a movement of pupils, parents, teachers, and community members working for quality and equality in education.

It said on Thursday it would ensure the court order was complied with.

This included EE continuing to communicate with the minister during the drafting process.

Read more on:    agang sa  |  ee  |  angie motshekga  |  johannesburg  |  education

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