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Faranaaz Veriava: COMMENT

Faranaaz Veriava: COMMENT

    Public participation in education under threat
    Public participation in education under threat
    The minister of basic education, Angie Motshekga, has announced the ministry’s decision to close thousands of small schools across the country,...
    Learning to live in a material world
    Learning to live in a material world
    The department of basic education’s draft new policy on teaching and learning materials is a welcome initiative – but it could and should go...
    Refugee children win right to learn
    Refugee children win right to learn
    A recent court case highlights the necessity of aligning South Africa’s refugee policy and practice with education law to ensure the removal of...
    A textbook case for stronger action
    A textbook case for stronger action
    On May 7, Judge Neil Tuchten of the Pretoria high court delivered the most recent judgment in the ongoing Limpopo textbook saga.
    The state must do textbooks by the book
    The state must do textbooks by the book
    Earlier this month, civil society organisation Section27 once again returned to court, this time asking for an order compelling the government to...
    Our courts are schooling the state
    Our courts are schooling the state
    In the case of Madzodzo vs Minister of Basic Education last month, Judge Glenn Goosen of the Mthatha high court found that the state's failure...
    Schools left in an intolerable infrastructure limbo
    Schools left in an intolerable infrastructure limbo
    In recent years, the government has made significant strides in putting laws and programmes in place that are aimed at improving infrastructure in...
    Pupils come before school politics
    Pupils come before school politics
    The Constitutional Court's judgment last month in the dispute between Rivonia Primary and the Gauteng department of education was highly...
    Progress betrayed by loopholes and double-digit deadlines
    Progress betrayed by loopholes and double-digit deadlines
    Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga published her latest version of the draft Regulations Relating to Minimum Uniform Norms and Standards...
    Don’t rely on courts: fix the policy
    Don’t rely on courts: fix the policy
    The Constitutional Court recently delivered judgment in a case that has implications for both school governance and pupil pregnancy. This judgment...
    Independent schools score victory
    Independent schools score victory
    A Constitutional Court judgment in April that contributes to the developing jurisprudence on the right to basic education appears to have largely...
    The right to dignity flushed away
    The right to dignity flushed away
    When I started my own schooling in grade 1 at a so-called Indian public school in Lenasia in the late 1970s, the conditions of the toilets at my...