Equal Education claims victory in Motshekga battle

2013-07-11 14:47

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Education activists claimed victory after the Eastern Cape High Court ordered Minister Angie Motshekga to publish norms and standards for school infrastructure.

Equal Education said today in a statement that should the minister fail to comply with the court order, she could face a fine or imprisonment.

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Motshekga and the basic education department now have two months to publish for comments amended draft regulations for minimum uniform norms and standards for school infrastructure.

She has been given until November 30 2013 to promulgate the norms and standards.

But, while Equal Education has claimed this as a victory for themselves, the ministry says the court actually sided with the department.

Panyaza Lesufi, Motshekga’s spokesperson, told the Mail & Guardian the settlement “in fact, vindicated the department” because it effectively gives Motshekga the six months extension she originally requested.

“We’re vindicated as the department, that’s why we’re ready to sign,” Lesufi said. “We said we can [publish] in six months, they [initially] refused.”

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