EE group hails Motshekga’s decision

Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has agreed to promulgate minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure, Equal Education (EE) said on Sunday.

“In an out-of-court settlement, Minister Motshekga has agreed to promulgate regulations to create binding minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure,” chairperson Yoliswa Dwane said in a statement.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. File photo: Thobile Mathonsi. Credit: Independent Newspapers

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 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.” - Sapa