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The Select Committee on Education and Technology, Sports, Arts and Culture of the National Council of Provinces invites stakeholders and interested individuals to submit written comments on the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill [B 2B-2022]

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WC closed 4 April 2024
NC closed 12 March 2024

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The Northern Cape and  Western Cape Provincial Parliament’s Standing Committee on Education hereby invited written and oral submissions on the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill [B 2B–2022] (NCOP).

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    The Bill proposes to amend the South African Schools Act, 1996 (Act No. 84 of 1996), and the Employment of Educators Act, 1998 (Act No. 76 of 1898) (the SASA and the EEA, respectively), so as to align them with developments in the education landscape. Also, to ensure that systems of learning are put in place in a manner that gives effect to the right to basic education enshrined in section 29(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996.

    Amongst others, the Bill seeks to amend certain definitions, provide that attendance of Grade R is compulsory, and to provide for system improvements in terms of admission of learners to public schools. 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 enhances decision-making and oversight powers of heads of departments and members of the executive councils. The Bill also proposes technical and substantive adjustments to clarify certain existing provisions, insert provisions that are not provided for in existing legislation and strengthen enforcement mechanisms for offences and penalties.

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    BELA Bill deliberations – Parliamentary Portfolio Committee.