We dedicate this statement to the memory of our formidable co-founder Yoliswa Dwane, who led our research and Parliamentary work for years. Her contribution to the struggle for equity and justice in post-apartheid South Africa is undeniable, and we release this statement in gratitude for her life’s work.
National Treasury must not continue to defund education! #MTBPS2022 must put money toward fixing South Africa’s schooling crisis.
On Wednesday 26 October 2022, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana will table his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), which sets out government’s spending priorities over the next three years and any changes to this year’s budget. While this MTBPS will be the first budget announcement since the end of the National State of Disaster, the story is not new – South Africa’s basic education system is in crisis. Every day, learners across the country face harsh inequalities and indignities at school, denying them their constitutional right to basic education. Equal Education (EE) demands that this MTBPS not just be business as usual, but that schools get the money needed to tackle the many challenges they experience.
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