Media Statements

Statement: Draft KZN scholar transport policy is vague and incoherent

27 May 2020  Equal Education media statement: Draft KZN scholar transport policy is vague, incoherent and fails to meet the standards for improving learners’ access to education  Last month (April 2020), the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education (KZN DoE) finally published the province’s draft  scholar transport policy for public comment.  Equal Education (EE) and the Equal

Schools and Covid-19: The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) Guidelines

The plans and the decisions of government, learners, school staff and caregivers, around #ReopeningSchools, need to be informed by the best available medical evidence. The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) has published a guiding document with recommendations on how to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in schools. The CMSA is an examination body

Statement: Testimonies of Equal Education members (learners, teachers, parents) demand cohesive and detailed implementation plans from basic education authorities

6 May 2020  Media statement: Testimonies of Equal Education members (learners, teachers, parents) demand cohesive and detailed implementation plans from basic education authorities  Last week Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga revised the provisional date for Grade 7 and Grade 12 learners to return to school, from 6 May to 1 June. While Equal Education (EE)

Statement: Basic education authorities have not convincingly demonstrated that all schools will be provided with the necessary resources and support to reopen next Wednesday

29 April 2020 Media statement: Basic education authorities have not convincingly demonstrated that all schools will be provided with the necessary resources and support to reopen next Wednesday This morning the Department of Basic Education (DBE) presented its Covid-19 sector plan to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Basic Education. Equal Education (EE), the Equal Education Law

Joint statement: PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE, BUT GOVERNMENT MUST URGENTLY CLARIFY THE CHILD SUPPORT GRANT TOP-UP

The C19 People’s Coalition was  born a month ago, and includes 250 organisations from across civil society in all provinces, including community-based organisations, social movements, non-governmental organisations, research institutions, faith-based organisations and others. It is the broadest grouping of civil society that has come together to address the current crisis. Read our  Programme of Action (POA).   Public pressure

Statement: Victory! The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education finally releases a draft scholar transport policy! #LongWalkToSchool

23 April 2020 Equal Education media statement: Victory! The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education finally releases a draft scholar transport policy! #LongWalkToSchool Our relentless campaign for scholar transport since 2014, and our legal challenge in the Pietermaritzburg High Court, has succeeded in getting the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education (KZN DoE) to release a draft scholar transport

Statement: Call for urgent meeting of Parliamentary committees to protect children from hunger and malnutrition

20 April 2020 Equal Education media statement: Call for urgent meeting of Parliamentary committees to protect children from hunger and malnutrition Equal Education and Equal Education Law Centre – alongside the Centre for Child Law, the Children’s Institute and Section27 – are calling for an urgent joint meeting between Parliament’s Portfolio Committees on Basic Education