SAHRC concludes proceedings into non-delivery of learning material to schools, awaits further submissions
The South African Human Rights Commission has concluded preliminary proceedings into the hearings to investigate the non-delivery of primary learning materials to schools across the country.
The hearing started on the 2nd of April 2013 following concerning reports around the non-delivery of school learning material, notably in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo.
The Commission invited the presence of the Director-General at the Department of Basic Education and all provincial MECs of Education from the beginning of the hearing, to present oral and written responses to a listed number of questions around the challenges of delivery of learning material to schools.
An interim report following this hearing would be compiled by the 30th April 2013 and presented to Parliament.
The panel has, however, elected not to declare the proceedings closed to facilitate a further consultative process with interested stakeholders who have not presented their submissions yet, and to, if need arises, elicit further clarification from government.
After all submissions have been received, a consolidated report on the state of delivery of learning material to schools in the nine provinces, containing recommendations will be submitted to Parliament for implementation.
The hearing is in line with the constitutional mandate of the Commission which includes the role of investigating human rights violations of the rights of children to basic education.
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