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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Certificate course on HIV/AIDS and the law

Are you a lawyer in government, civil society or private practice? Do you have an interest in understanding or using the law and human rights in responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic? Or are you a senior manager in government, a health activist, a health journalist or a health care provider with a similar interest?

If yes, then consider registering for a certificate course in HIV/AIDS and the law offered by the Mandela Institute (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg) in collaboration with SECTION27. Act fast: the closing date for registration is Friday, 8 July 2011; classes start on Monday, 25 July 2011 at 17h30.

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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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Current OSD offer still disadvantages rural communities

Current OSD offer still disadvantages rural communities

The Rural Health Advocacy Project, Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa, SECTION27 and Wits Centre for Rural Health support SAMA’s rejection of the final OSD offer to public sector doctors. By accepting the Government’s OSD offer, collective labour in the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council will be contributing to a major setback in Government’s strides to achieve health for all. By offering only marginal increases to medical officers in particular, rural communities are likely to see a further exodus of rural doctors to urban areas, the private sector, and overseas.
Rural patients are disadvantaged in many ways: poverty levels are higher, access to basic services and education is poor, travel to health facilities is costly, facilities are understaffed and waiting times are out of control; now they can expect even fewer doctors to attend to their needs.

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