Minister finally approves school norm regulations

2013-09-13 00:00

BASIC Education Minister Angie Motshekga has finally approved a set of draft regulations containing minimum uniform norms and standards for school infrastructure, releasing it for public comment yesterday.

In July, the Bhisho high court made an order by consent, compelling Motshekga to publish the norms and standards for school infrastructure by September 12 this year. This is after the minister missed previous deadlines. The final regulations were due on May 15, 2013, a deadline that Motshekga did not meet.

Equal Education (EE), which brought the application to court, said it welcomed the release of the new draft and were scrutinising it.

“What we are most concerned to ascertain is whether the new draft complies with the South African Schools Act and the Constitution,” EE said.

The department said the objectives of the regulations will be to guide the provisioning of an enabling physical teaching and learning environment that is sustainable and equitable for pupils, and improve the access to quality education facilities.

These regulations deal with norms and standards, such classrooms, electricity, water, sanitation, libraries, laboratories for science, technology, mathematics and life sciences, sport and recreational facilities, electronic connectivity at a school and perimeter security.

Motshekga has invited all interested parties to study the draft regulations and to provide their comments by October 11, 2013.

The department intends to publish a final set of regulations on or before the end of November this year, she said.

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