Education NGO takes on minister

2012-08-20 22:30

Johannesburg - Pupils at public schools should be guaranteed minimum standards of education, Equal Education (EE) said in a statement on Monday.

EE said it was taking legal action against Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to compel her to put into practice basic "norms and standards" for all pupils in public schools.

"Motshekga’s argument against implementing norms and standards is based on a misconception of the right to basic education," the group said in a statement.

She argued that the constitutional right to basic education had to take into account "socio-economic realities", budgetary constraints and limited resources, with standards improving progressively only over time.

"This argument is misconceived. The right is not subject to progressive realisation," EE said.

It said the department was "misguided" in arguing that the word "basic" referred to the quality of education, instead of the level of education.

Basic education spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said the department was "amazed" at EE's statement.

"We note their concern and [are] amazed at their statement as they choose the court to resolve the matter rather than constructively engage the minister," Lesufi said in a text message to Sapa.

The matter will be heard on 20 November in the Bhisho High Court.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-21 09:51

    Lets be very honest and admit that our Minister of Basic Education has failed badly. She has down graded the education to the extent that it is now in the pits. In any other country, she would have been fired on the spot. Fortunately for her, she is politically connected and therefore she is protected. Does, she feel ashamed, does she even feel that she has failed in her job, the answer is NO. It has just made her more arrogant.

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