Opinion Pieces

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

Op ed: Dear Coega, 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

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