Department of Basic Education
The comment period for Draft Regulations Relating to Minimum Uniform Norms and Standards for Public School Infrastructure has been extended.
The basic education department published the extension in Government Gazette 46682 in terms of the South African Schools Act.
The Draft Regulations were published for comment in June 2022.
A new paragraph (b) to subregulation (1) of Regulation 4 is proposed.
It sets out priorities for planning and implementation.
The proposed paragraph calls for all schools and classrooms built entirely or substantially from mud as well as those schools built entirely or substantially from materials such as asbestos, metal and wood to be replaced with structures that comply with the National Building Regulations.
All the norms and standards contained in the Regulations must be planned, prioritised and phased in in line with the National Development Plan.
The Draft Regulations also call for each provincial department of education to annually provide the minister with detailed reports on plans and progress on the implementation of the norms and standards.
The progress reports and plans must be published on the department’s website and websites of all nine provincial education departments to enable public access.
Comment is now invited until 31 July 2022.