Today (7 October 2015) EE members in Limpopo will be picketing the Limpopo Education Department in demand of the provinces Norms and Standards implementation plans that were meant to be published along with other provincial plans on the 12th of June this year. What Limpopo has published thus far is not a plan but rather a User-Asset Management document. The Minimum Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure established a legally binding commitment on every province to provide the Minister with their implementation plans by 29 Nov 2014.
We commend the minority judgment of Justice Cameron, concurred in by Justices Moseneke, Froneman and Jappie, which held that political parties occupy a unique place in our multi-party democracy and that information on party funding was essential for the exercise and protection of the right to vote -- this being the right to an informed vote
Equal Education will be joining the Unite Against Corruption march taking place on the 30th of September 2015. This is in line with our 2015 congress resolutions where we resolved:
It has been almost two years since the Regulations Relating to Minimum Uniform Norms and Standards for Public School Infrastructure (the Norms and Standards) were promulgated into law on the 29th of November 2013. Since then, EE, with the assistance of the Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) has written a number of letters to the Minister, raising serious concerns over vagueness and loopholes in the wording of the regulations
When the Annual National Assessment was introduced in 2011, Equal Education welcomed this as an important step in monitoring the education system. We hoped the ANA's could detect problems in teaching and learning at an early stage and, as the department noted then, could provide guidance for targeted interventions. We are still of the view that ANA's should not be scrapped but redeveloped to give better results that can inform significant interventions in the education system
Following crisis reports of learners not having access to schools in the area, and urgent interventions by EE and EELC, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) undertook to open a temporary school in Du Noon to accommodate the learners. As explained in our previous press release, the school was meant to start operating on Monday. However, a standoff between the WCED and certain members of the community, consisting predominately of volunteer educators and parents, have prevented learners from accessing the school. These volunteer educators and parents have not given vacant occupation of the temporary school to the WCED and as such the WCED set up a make-shift combined classroom at Sopakhama Primary School Hall.
EE and the EELC welcome the WCED's undertaking to open a new satellite school today (24 August 2015) in Du Noon, following interventions on behalf of unplaced learners in the community. We will be monitoring the implementation of the undertaking and call on MEC Debbie Schafer to resolve ongoing issues of insufficient school capacity in the Western Cape.