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Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill Tabled

January 11, 2022

Parliament

The Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill has been tabled in parliament.

The basic education department published the bill’s explanatory summary in Government Gazette 45601 in December 2021.

The bill aims to amend the South African Schools Act and the Employment of Educators Act.

According to the department, the amendments are a response to court judgments that protect and give effect to the Bill of Rights.

The bill seeks to provide for system improvements in terms of admission of learners, in particular the admission of undocumented learners.

It also provides for financial and public accountability frameworks for governing bodies and provincial departments.

The bill further provides for additional regulatory powers of the minister and enhancing the decision-making and oversight powers of heads of departments and members of the executive councils.

The proposed legislation addresses provincial needs relating to central procurement, home education, dispute resolution, amongst others.

The bill also proposes technical and substantive adjustments, clarifies certain existing provisions, inserts provisions which are not provided for in existing legislation and strengthens enforcement mechanisms for offences and penalties.

The portfolio committee on basic education will process the bill.