Opinion Pieces

OP ED: ANGIE MOTSHEKGA MUST BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE SCHOOLS CRISIS

*Published by The Sunday Times on 23 June 2019 By Nurina Ally (Executive Director Equal Education Law Centre) and Noncedo Madubedube (Equal Education General Secretary) It is cause for deep concern when Angie Motshekga, the minister of basic education – who has served in that role for a decade – concedes she does not understand

OP ED: CALL FOR GOVERNMENT TO OPEN PROCUREMENT DATA TO PUBLIC SCRUTINY

*Published in June 2019 by The Daily Maverick By Hopolang Selebalo (Equal Education Co-Head of Research), Zukiswa Kota (PSAM) and Daniel McLaren (Section27)  Public contracting is the meeting point of significant power and money and in most countries, these systems are characterised by convoluted, opaque planning. According to a recent report by the Open Contracting

OP ED: KIDS’ SAFETY RIGHTS VIOLATED

LEARNERS CONTINUING TO ENCOUNTER DANGERS ON THEIR WAY TO SCHOOL AND ON SCHOOL PREMISES *Published by The Cape Argus on 11 June 2019 By Ntsiki Dlulani (Head of Equal Education Western Cape), Chwayita Wenana (Deputy Head of Equal Education Western Cape) and Stacey Jacobs (Equal Education Researcher) When Grade 11 Khayelitsha learner Yonda Magubudela reflects

OP ED: CORPORAL PUNISHMENT SENDS OUT MESSAGE THAT IT’S OKAY TO ABUSE LEARNERS

*Published by The Sunday Independent on 28 April By Ntsiki Dlulani (Head of Equal Education Western Cape), Chwayita Wenana (Deputy Head of Equal Education Western Cape) and Western Cape Equaliser Vuyo Tswelekile  The Constitution asserts various rights: protection of learners from being subjected to corporal punishment; freedom and security of the person, which includes the

OP ED: BASIC EDUCATION – SA STILL STRUGGLES TO FULFILL A RIGHTS COVENANT MANDELA SIGNED IN 1994

*Published in November 2018 by The Daily Maverick By Demichelle Petherbridge (Equal Education Law Centre attorney), Mbekezeli Benjamin (Equal Education Law Centre attorney) and Hopolang Selebalo (Equal Education Co-Head of Research)   In 1994 President Mandela signed the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, signalling South Africa’s commitment to fulfilling and protecting fundamental

OP ED: REVIEW OF SCHOOL FEEDER ZONES

*Published in September 2018 by City Press By Angela Bukenya (Equal Education Researcher) and Nurina Ally (Executive Director Equal Education Law Centre)

OP ED: PUSH TO TEACH HISTORY WILL BE COSTLY BUT IT DESERVES SUPPORT

*Published by Business Day In a world where the emphasis in education is increasingly on job creation, bolstering science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) subjects and digital opportunities, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s recent focus on history is surprising and refreshing. Last week, Motshekga released a ministerial task-team report that proposes phasing out life orientation

OPEN LETTER ON EDUCATION TO PRESIDENT GEORGE WEAH OF LIBERIA

*Published by Daily Maverick Dear President Weah, Congratulations on your election to the presidency of the Liberian government; indeed you continue to play a leading role in showing the world that in you Liberia has capacity. President Weah, your term in office begins at a time when Liberia is on the brink of bankruptcy, and

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