On Friday 29 May EE will be marching to the Eastern Cape Department of Education in Zwelitsha. EE demands the release of the 9 provincial plans for implementation of Norms and Standards; and full and timeous implementation of Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure.
At the Schools Social Audit Summit in Soweto on Saturday, 16 May, Equal Education (EE) presented MEC Lesufi with the full text of our Schools Social Audit Report. We are now publicly releasing the full report for the first time.
Today Equal Education (EE) held a successful Schools Social Audit Summit which was attended by close to a thousand learners, parents and interested members of the Gauteng community. As explained by Sfiso Mollo, an EE organiser who lead the social audit process, "This Summit reviews a social audit of 200 schools in 20 towns and townships in Gauteng. MEC Lesufi made dramatic promises at the summit.
Today, more than one hundred national and international organisations across the world released a joint open statement addressed to the president of the World Bank, Jim Kim. The statement expresses their deep concerns about the World Bank's expressed support for the development of a multinational chain of low-fee profit-making private primary schools targeting poor families in Kenya and Uganda,Bridge International Academies (BIA). It comes as a response to a recent speech of the president of the World Bank, Jim Kim, who praised BIA as a means to alleviate poverty
On Saturday, 16 May Equal Education will hold The Schools Social Audit Summit at the YMCA on Radebe Street in Orlando, Soweto. At 15:00 on 13 May, we will be holding a press briefing at Equal Education's Johannesburg offices to discuss the results of our audit.
During the month of March, the entire country was holding School Governing Body (SGB) elections in all schools. These elections take place every three years. There are around 25 000 public schools in South Africa and every school has a School Governing Body that is democratically elected. By participating in the SGB elections, every parent has the chance to be part of Governance in schools to and ensure accountability and proper functioning of schools.
Educations Budget Speech: What EE expects Tomorrow, the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, will table the Department of Basic Education (DBE) Budget Vote for the 2015/16 financial year in Parliament. The Minister will also report on the last financial year. EE anticipates that the Minister will claim, like she does every year, that our education system is going from strength to strength. While there have been some improvements in the education system we cannot ignore, we want to point out a number of serious concerns. This includes slow progress -, inadequate transparency -, and a lack of accountability with regard to school infrastructure delivery; a scholar transport crisis; and a broken education system that fails to prepare our youth to take advantage of higher education or to access the economy.
Today a memorial ceremony will be held for Lutho Felepu at Ngwenyathi High School in Gwiqi Village near Mdantsane, Eastern Cape. Lutho, who was 13, died at her school last week, on 21 April 2015, while trying to secure a place on the school transport program. The media are invited to attend today's event.