Motshekga to oppose court action

2012-04-18 22:55

Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has filed a notice to oppose a court bid concerning minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure.

This was confirmed on Wednesday by the lobby group Equal Education (EE), which is seeking an order to force Motshekga to promulgate the standards.

It claimed in a statement she was supposed to have done so by March 11. Standards included access to electricity and water, ablution facilities, functional libraries and computer centres.

EE is also asking for an order to provide emergency relief for two schools, Mwezeni Senior Primary School and Mkanzini Junior Secondary School in the Eastern Cape.

"These schools do not have adequate infrastructure and have to hold classes in mud classrooms or corrugated iron shacks," it said.

"At present, schools are not required by law to have access to water, electricity, sanitation, proper classrooms, laboratories and computer centres. Almost 3 600 schools do not have electricity."

The organisation said more than 600 schools in KwaZulu-Natal did not have toilets. Overall 92% of schools did not have a functioning library. In the Eastern Cape there were still 395 mud schools.

"If Minister Motshekga prescribed minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure, communities would be able to hold the government accountable for substandard schools," said EE.

Education department spokesperson Hope Mokgatlhe confirmed papers were filed on Tuesday. She said Motshekga would provide reasons for her opposition later.

"Our lawyers have advised the minister not to comment until the matter is heard in court," said Mokgatlhe.

  • Scouter - 2012-04-18 23:14

    "Our lawyers have advised the minister not to comment until the matter is heard in court," said Mokgatlhe. I can just imagine how this sort of press release would go down in most First World countries. The Minister would be booted out and the government would be desperate to regain some kind of credibility in the eye of the electorate.

      Fussed - 2012-04-19 07:57

      Why would they want to educate there people. Keep them STUPID and keep getting there vote

  • alansmartSnr - 2012-04-18 23:28

    Where is the transparency our Constitution demands. This female clown is out of her depth, even as a clown. As for the lawers.. they should be tested by the relevant provinces LAW SOCEITY. This concerns public interest and not a singular client.

  • braamc - 2012-04-19 00:40

    You minister can't even offer basic human rights and deliver on that. You and that filthy, useless ANC had failed and are failing society because of incompetence and non service delivery. Let the courts sort you out, glad my tax money goes funding them.

  • Tumelo - 2012-04-19 06:23

    Another act of refusal to account. What EE is asking for is what the department must already be doing? When are these people ever going to do what they are appointed to do?

      Alf - 2012-04-19 07:51

      Tumelo - There is no need for them to do so. Since 1994 they have been making promises to people and did just ignore them. As long as they get the votes, they can continue to empty state coffers and fill their own pockets, while collecting salaries for not doing anything! Worst case scenario: They get suspended with full pay until they go on pension! Viva Kleptocracy - VIVA!

      Morama - 2012-04-19 08:58

      They are actually appointed to steal all the money and empower their immediate families!!! Anyway you get what you voted for!!!

  • Bzeng - 2012-04-19 06:39

    how can u oppose the court action 'School buildings must have basic needs'. Stupid minister

      Ze Don - 2012-04-19 07:20

      Basics like water & sanitation, yes! How is a computer lab a basic though?

      Megan Riddell - 2012-04-19 08:05

      I think in today's world a computer is absolutely a basic. You can't expect these kids to keep up with technology standards expected throughout the world if they don't even know how to turn a computer on. Remember, we should be aiming to give these kids tools that will advance them further, not hold them in the same place.

      NrGx - 2012-04-19 11:37

      Ze Don - ok yes I agree but a computer SHOULD be considered a basic need. It is a FUNDAMENTAL part of every day living now. Yes, they may not be able to afford one, but have to learned in the use of one.

  • Maretha - 2012-04-19 06:59

    It is probably the computer centres and possibly the libraries that she will oppose. NGO's do tend to go overboard in their expectations sometimes. Let's just get decent classrooms and toilets first and add the rest later.

      anthro45 - 2012-04-19 07:08

      Yes, and after that, while waiting for funds for computers and libraries, the pupils can keep themselves busy breaking down the new classes and toilets.

      Ze Don - 2012-04-19 07:17

      @Maretha: You are in all probability correct. What good is a computer lab when the electricity supply is un-reliable and there are no telephone lines for data? I would also say get the BASICS in place and then improve on them!

  • Bongani - 2012-04-19 07:17

    This does not follow logic. What informed opposing these demands if she cant give reasons upfront. Its like opposing and still going to think of reasons. When people question quality of leadership we have currently you hear cries and name calling.

  • Faizie - 2012-04-19 07:21

    And her kids went where to school??????????????????

  • Lekgwakgwa - 2012-04-19 07:54

    South Africa leaders like ministers dont care about our schools because their children are attending private school that call white schools does why the dont care, I thank that the court take good judgement that will force minister build toilet with in a six month and libraries within two year electricity one year. we need to make sure all schools are good standard.

      Sharon - 2012-04-19 08:21

      Exactly!! I think they must make it law that: 1. All members of govt's children attend public schools 2. All members of govt can use only state hospitals 3. No private security or special treatment from SAPS - let them phone 10111 and see if they get the service they are so "entitled" to.

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  • Mike - 2012-04-19 09:49

    who is she related to that she got the job in the first place?

  • NrGx - 2012-04-19 11:38

    SIES! she should be fired on the spot for apposing childrens right to water and sanitation in the school. I AM DISGUSTED!

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