GOVERNMENT FAILURE TO PROTECT LEARNERS FROM SEXUAL ABUSE IN SCHOOLS

24 May 2012

Lawyers against Abuse (LvA) and SECTION27 are horrified by the pervasive and endemic sexual violence perpetrated by staff against learners in South African schools. We are particularly concerned that we are seeing a systemic failure to protect and respect the victim and to punish the perpetrator in such cases. We call upon the justice system, the police, the Department of Education, the South African Council of Educators, trade union movements and teachers and management to whom this violence is reported in schools across the country to improve the response to this violence and to cease protecting teachers who commit acts of sexual violence against learners.

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URGENT APPLICATION TO DEMAND TEXTBOOKS IN LIMPOPO SCHOOLS TO BE HEARD ON MONDAY 14 MAY 2012 IN THE NORTH GAUTENG HIGH COURT

THE RIGHT TO A BASIC EDUCATION CANNOT BE ACHIEVED WITHOUT ESSENTIAL TEXTBOOKS!!

On 4 May 2012 SECTION27 launched an urgent application against the Minister of Basic Education and the Limpopo Department of Education in relation to their complete failure to procure and deliver textbooks for learners throughout Limpopo. Learners have gone without textbooks for five months this school year.

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The Right to an ‘adequate’ and ‘equal’ education in South Africa

An analysis of s. 29(1)(a) of the South African Constitution and the right to equality as applied to basic education.
SECTION27 are pleased to publish a draft research paper on “The Right to an ‘adequate’ and ‘equal’ education in South Africa: An analysis of s. 29(1)(a) of the South African Constitution and the right to equality as applied to basic education” by respected Canadian constitutional lawyer, Vince Calderhead. We would welcome comments and inputs on the paper.

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