The department insists it released the document, despite no evidence of it being in the public domain.
Equal Education and pupils frustrated by the long wait for better school infrastructure picketed outside the basic education department's office.
The M&G visited Nquthu, in KwaZulu-Natal, where we documented pupils' daily struggle to get to school.
Equal Education facilitator Sandile Ndlovu has been fighting for the rights Kwa-Zulu Natal, pupils who walk 30kms to get to and from school.
Dmitri Holtzman of the Equal Education Law Centre says national policy regarding pupil transport needs to be finalised.
Pupils living in rural areas battle rivers, snakes and rough weather to get an education, even though the authorities are meant to provide transport.
Provincial plans for school infrastructure should be made public to ensure correct needs are met.
After government committed to fixing the sanitation crisis in Tembisa schools, Equal Education and residents conducted audits to monitor the progress.
Residents are auditing sanitation at schools to ensure the government keeps its promises.
Two pupils from an inner-city school in Johannesburg tell how bullies use weapons to instil fear in pupils and certain teachers.
A series of comment pieces the M&G is launching will allow pupils to publicly contribute to the debate about South Africa's education system.
NGOs consider using soccer clubs, traditional healers, churches and even shebeens to tell SA about government's plan to fix school infrastructure.
For Khayelitsha learners, their recent protests against deprivation became a story of hope.
Pupils at a rural school in the Eastern Cape say they are tired of being let down by government.
Equal Education activists help rural Eastern Cape school to find its voice and stand up for the right to education.
The SA Human Rights Commission and rights activists have called for the eradication of pit latrines at schools after a child died in one this week.
More than 100 pupils have to share a single toilet at over half of the high schools in Tembisa, found nongovernmental organisation Equal Education.
New infrastructure norms allow far too long to eliminate vast gaps between schools.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has gazetted new norms and standards for school infrastructure but will have 17 years to implement it.