Opinion Pieces

CONSTITUTIONALITY OF GATHERINGS ACT CHALLENGED

*Published by Daily Maverick In the month in which we commemorate the 41st anniversary of the Soweto Uprising of 1976, Equal Education is joining the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) in court to challenge the criminalisation of peaceful protest. In 2013, 10 SJC activists chained themselves to the steps of the Cape Town Civic Centre in

WITHHOLDING KEYS TO EDUCATION, LITERALLY!

*Published in The Daily Dispatch Xhentse SS is a quintile one school (the poorest category) in Maqhingeni, a village in Libode. Three classrooms serve over 200 pupils from Grades 10 to 12. All three classrooms were built in 1997 by community members when each household donated R30 to build the only high school in the

ANC stalwarts critique of current leadership: the full text

“The leadership of the ANC … has failed the people of South Africa” Last month 100 ANC stalwarts — including Ahmed Kathrada, Trevor Manuel, Frank Chikane, Cheryl Carolus, Denis Goldberg, Albertina Luthuli, Gertrude Shope and Barbara Masekela — released a press statement criticising the current ANC leadership. Until now the full text of the document that

Abandon the draft Western Cape Provincial School Education Amendment Act

*Published by Daily Maverick  An open letter to Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga, and Western Cape MEC for Education Debbie Schäfer, from TSHEPO MOTSEPE, General Secretary of Equal Education. Dear Minister Motshekga and MEC Schäfer, Constitutionally suspect, contrary to the spirit of democracy, and unlikely to improve educational outcomes – these are just a

Why Government Must Listen to Social Audits

*Published by Sunday Independent  By Adam Bradlow and Nkosikhona Swartbooi When 2,000 Equal Education (EE) learner members handed over to the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) data from their social audit on school violence in late April, they were met with nearly 70 days of silence. Meanwhile, the conditions the audit identified – that teachers

Zwelinzima Vavi: EE’s school safety campaign is fulfilling a significant role

One of the places this violence occurs is in schools. These are supposed to be safe spaces where young minds can wander between geography and history, get lost in literature, and find the concentration to master mathematical concepts. But many are dangerous, which is why Equal Education’s campaign for safer schools is important. As I

SISONKE MSIMANG: The DA’s racially loaded guns

*Published by City Press on 10 July 2016 On Thursday last week, 80 students and activists turned up at Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer’s home to protest the state of school safety in the province. They wanted to draw attention to an audit they had conducted. Schäfer was clearly angered that the protest took

NEW THREE STREAM MODEL, OLD FAILURES

*Published by City Press on 9 June 2016 Without solving the basic problems plaguing education, introducing a new model will only worsen matters, write Tshepo Motsepe, Claire Lester and Daniel Sher For a reform that is meant to reshape the education system, the three-stream curriculum model was barely mentioned in Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s

COLLABORATION SCHOOLS A BIG SPLASH, BUT A DROP IN THE OCEAN

*Published by The Star Tshepo Motsepe In her recent State of the Province Address, Premier Helen Zille remarked that there is an education initiative underway in the Western Cape with the “potential to become the greatest game changer of all”. The project that is the cause of such bold optimism is the implementation of a