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by Mahala High Five Brigade / 14.11.2012

Want to do something to help fix South Africa? Start by supporting this! It’s not just the failure to deliver text books to schools in Limpopo and a minister unwilling to accept any kind of responsibility for not doing her job… But in case you hadn’t noticed, all over this country, the education system is broken. And that means regardless of our beautiful constitution and hard fought freedoms, there is very little hope that the situation will improve and that young South Africans will ever enjoy the empty promise of ‘a better life for all’. Thankfully Equal Education are doing the important work of fixing the South African education system, with our without the government’s consent. In fact they’re taking Education Minister Angie Motshekga to court next week to force her to implement a set of basic norms and standards for all South African schools. It’s the first step on a long road… let’s go!

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  1. kza says:

    wow, no comments? Its amazing how people comment on the most trivial things on Mahala but the important stuff becomes a footnote.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Nothings gonna change.
    It’s ANC policy to keep the masses uneducated – its the only way they can get votes.

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  3. react says:

    Hey Anon stop your moaning kak and go support!

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  4. my2cents says:

    Nicely done Equal Education Org.

    Though their website is down, it seems their suit has had a positive impact and the Minister has agreed to “promulgate regulations to create binding minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure,” chairperson Yoliswa Dwane, said in a statement.

    She said according to the settlement the norms and standards would be published for public comment by January 15, and finalised by May 15.

    The regulations will require every school in South Africa to meet a minimum, but acceptable, level of school infrastructure which was conducive to learning and teaching.

    The norms and standards must provide for in respect of school infrastructure, the availability of classrooms, electricity, water, sanitation, a library, laboratories for science, technology, mathematics and life sciences, sport and recreational facilities, electronic connectivity at a school and perimeter security.

    “Equal Education welcomes minister Motshekga’s decision to take this step. Already prior to her decision all nine provincial education MECs and the Minister of Finance chose not to oppose the court case.”

    Yussis – I’m going to keep my eye on these guys and give them whatever support I can.

    Teams of motivated and committed people like this are our hope for a better future.
    We can’t sit around pointing fingers and waiting for the government to fix it. We have to fix it ourselves.

    Ok, so most of us are fucking busy just keeping our heads above water. Who’s got the time to go lobby parliament? But we can still be useful. Pick one thing you think is important and do what you can to support those actively engaged in trying to improve it. Give money, give time, give moral support, be the volunteer coffee jockey – whatever. Just do something, no matter how small and inconsequential it may seem. And tell people about it. Make it common practice.

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