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Media statement: Children who cannot read, cannot participate in democracy

Millions of children next week enter the most important period of their school careers – the foundation phase (grades R to 3). It is in these grades that basic learning skills must be acquired. All later learning is built on this aptly named stage of schooling: “children who do not master basic concepts in the

Media statement: Youth Unemployment Stalks Matric Class of 2017

4 January 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT Dreams Deferred: Youth Unemployment Stalks Matric Class of 2017 As we await the results of the tenth cohort of learners to sit for the National Senior Certificate (NSC), the excitement must be tempered with the hard post-school reality that many will grapple with. At a time when matriculants ought to

DEAR COEGA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, TELL NO LIES AND CLAIM NO EASY VICTORIES

On 3 November the Mail&Guardian published our op ed, “Equalisers fight for schools not built,” on the role that Coega Development Corporation (CDC) plays in the slow delivery of school infrastructure. We reported the high amounts of irregular and wasteful expenditure incurred by the State-owned entity (SOE); specific schools where it failed to deliver; and

MEDIA STATEMENT: SA HAS FUNDS TO #FixOurSchools, IT’S IMPLEMENTATION THAT IS LACKING

29 November 2017 marks the one year anniversary of the first deadline stipulated in the Minimum Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure – the government’s legally binding mandate to provide all public schools with basic resources. According to the Norms and Standards, by 29 November 2016 all schools must have been provided with access to

Alert: 29 November Equal Education #FixOurSchools day of national action

29 November 2017 Equal Education media alert: Equal Education #FixOurSchools day of national action   Wednesday 29 November 2017 is a day of national action for Equal Education (EE), to demand that national and provincial government demonstrate the efficacy and urgency necessary to #FixOurSchools.  Every new school built in South Africa is a victory, but

MEDIA STATEMENT: BANKING ON FEES COMMISSION WILL LEAVE VULNERABLE STUDENTS TRAPPED IN DEBT

The crucial work of assessing the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training (Fees Commission) has begun in earnest. While Equal Education is pleased with the direction provided by the Commission in certain areas, we are troubled by some of the recommendations. Our contention in our submission to the Fees Commission

MEDIA STATEMENT: EE REJECTS ZUMA’S FREE HIGHER EDUCATION “PLAN”

13 NOVEMBER 2017 EQUAL EDUCATION MEDIA STATEMENT: EQUAL EDUCATION REJECTS ZUMA’S FREE HIGHER EDUCATION “PLAN” Equal Education (EE) stands in support of the staggered introduction of free higher education; with poor students being prioritised, as per our submission to the Fees Commission in 2016. However, President Jacob Zuma’s reported plan to introduce free higher education for

Media Statement: EE to make submissions as amicus in Komape trial #Justice4Michael

13 November 2017 Equal Education media statement: #Justice4Michael. Equal Education to make submissions as amicus curiae in Komape trial. This week the Polokwane High Court in Limpopo begins hearing evidence in the trial of  the Komape family against the State, Komape v Minister of Basic Education and Others. On 20 January 2014, 5-year-old Michael Komape

MEDIA STATEMENT: VICTORY FOR EE IN SCHOLAR TRANSPORT COURT CASE!

7 NOVEMBER 2017 EQUAL EDUCATION MEDIA STATEMENT: VICTORY FOR EE IN SCHOLAR TRANSPORT COURT CASE Today, Tuesday 7 November, Equal Education (EE), represented by the Equal Education Law Centre (EELC), enjoyed a momentous victory in the Pietermaritzburg High Court, in securing scholar transport for learners in 12 schools in Nquthu in Northern KZN. The KZN