Opinion Pieces

HOW MANY MORE PUPILS WILL BE HURT OR KILLED AS THEY ATTEMPT TO REACH SCHOOL?

*Published by City Press Last month alone, seven pupils died and 21 more were injured as they made their way to and from public schools in KwaZulu-Natal. Fifteen of those learners are from Ngwane High in Nquthu – a school that the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department admits qualifies for government-subsidised scholar transport. However, the department is

THE GOOD, BAD AND UGLY OF EC SCHOOL CLOSURE

*Published by The Daily Dispatch In September last year, Vuyani Sipambo, principal at Nkupulweni Junior Secondary in Matatiele, received a letter informing him his school was to be “rationalised”, and that learners and teachers would be relocated to a new school 25km away. Nkupulweni is one of 1902 schools that the Eastern Cape Department of

FEE-FREE VARSITY FOR THE POOR EXAMINED

*Published by Cape Times The programme’s private-public partnership (PPP) model embodies the recent trend of privatising social services. For many, the private sector is seen to possess the high levels of efficiency required to drive social change and bridge inequalities. This is a fallacy that was exposed when the social grant crisis came to light.

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

PRIVATE SCHOOLS FLIRT WITH CONSTITUTIONAL DELINQUENCY

*Published by Business Day At an elite private school in Melrose, Johannesburg, two pupils have found themselves effectively expelled following a series of run-ins between the school and their parents over the quality of cricket coaching. The pupils, who are of primary school age, are not accused of any sort of misconduct that could warrant

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