SAHRC invites the attendance of the
Department of Basic Education and All Education MECs to a hearing over
non delivery of learning material
Media Advisory: 31 March
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters
African Human Rights Commission has been following with concern reports
around the non-delivery of school learning material across the country.
is for this reason that the Commission has decided to embark on an
Investigative Hearing starting on Tuesday 02 April 2013, to be held at
the SAHRC Head Office in Johannesburg.
To help it with its
investigation, the Commission has decided to invite the presence of the
Director-General at the Department of Basic Education and all provincial
MECs of Education at the hearing to present oral and written responses
to a listed number of questions around the challenges of delivery of
learning material to schools.
The Commission became aware of the
crisis around the delivery of learning materials in Limpopo and the
Eastern Cape provinces in 2012. The seriousness of this was heightened
by a number of civil society campaigns and court actions resulting in
three orders of court.
Given that the focus of previous court actions
focused on challenges of learner material delivery in only two of the
nine provinces, the Commission wishes to investigate whether
similarly-situated schools in the other seven provinces are face similar
The outcome of the hearing of the Commission will be
the production of a National Report on the state of delivery of learning
materials to schools in the nine provinces of the country. This will
be shared with the public and sent to Parliament for implementation.
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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.
Note to Journalists: This will be a closed session, and as such media would not be allowed.
For more details please contact:
Isaac Mangena, SAHRC Head Communications - 0718848273