Ed­u­ca­tion bill will open for comment again

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Politics - TNA REPORTER news@the­newage.co.za

BA­SIC Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Angie Mot­shekga said in­ter­ested par­ties would get an­other op­por­tu­nity to give in­put on the draft Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Laws Amend­ment (Bela) bill.

The dead­line was last Fri­day, how­ever there have been many calls for an ex­ten­sion due to the great public in­ter­est.

“Ow­ing to the un­ex­pect­edly large num­ber of sub­mis­sions that were re­ceived, the depart­ment was un­for­tu­nately not able to ac­knowl­edge re­ceipt of each sub­mis­sion. There was a sub­stan­tial num­ber of re­quests for an ex­ten­sion of the dead­line, to which the depart­ment was un­able to re­spond.

“To those who did not re­ceive a re­sponse to their re­quests for an ex­ten­sion, and to any other in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions who were un­able to sub­mit their com­ments by the dead­line date, we can give as­sur­ances that there will be an ad­di­tional op­por­tu­nity, in line with nor­mal pol­icy de­vel­op­ment pro­cesses,” Mot­shekga said in a state­ment.

Once the draft bill is in­tro­duced into Par­lia­ment, it will then be re­ferred to the Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee on Ed­u­ca­tion. In con­sid­er­ing the draft bill, the com­mit­tee will once again call for com­ments on the bill and may hold public hear­ings.

All in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions who missed the dead­line for com­ments will there­fore have a fur­ther op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide in­puts on the draft bill once it has been in­tro­duced into Par­lia­ment, Mot­shekga said.

The draft bill pro­poses to amend the South African Schools Act and the Em­ploy­ment of Ed­u­ca­tors Act to align them with de­vel­op­ments in ed­u­ca­tion.

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