Dear friend of the FMF
In this week’s feature article, Martin van Staden points to the dangers inherent in regulating and centralising basic education in South Africa. The Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill is the focus of van Staden’s concern; the bill places even more control in the hands of government bureaucrats who already control large parts of our lives. The Bill ignores constitutional principles such as democracy, liberation and freedom, and furthermore it specifically violates section 29(3) of the Constitution. School bodies are best equipped to handle the challenges for today’s children because they interact with the children on a daily basis – this Bill will remove their agency.
Be cautious in the regulation of basic education – MARTIN VAN STADEN
Government appears to be intent on centralising the public education system, thereby eliminating educational diversity and innovation. The controversial Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill proposes far-reaching changes to the South African Schools Act. For constitutional principles like democracy, freedom, liberation, empowerment, the Rule of Law and due process to have any meaning, government must walk the talk. It must remain true to these precepts and faithfully implement them. The centralised planning and stifling controls being introduced by the Department of Basic Education amount to a conscious decision to deny South Africans true freedom.
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Publish date: 04 January 2018
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