MEC twists schools act to fit her agenda
THERE is no doubt that the MEC’s response to my letter in the Cape Argus is shocking. Her letter is not a lesson in law, but rather how one can exploit and twist the law for one’s benefit. Her approach goes against the spirit of the law.
I maintain that the SA Schools Act (Sasa) has the education of all pupils at heart. Any loopholes in it should not be exploited. The MEC has found loopholes in the existing Sasa framework allowing her to perpetuate her apartheid like practices. A case in point is her recent handling of the Rustenburg Girls’ Junior School debacle.
Her remark about my reference to section 23(9) of Sasa is misplaced. This section deals with members of governing bodies at ORDINARY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. The next section deals with schools for pupils with special needs.
Hence my statement that any public school has reference to any ordinary public school and excludes special needs school. She should look closely at the act.
Her remark that collaboration schools and donor funded schools are different governance models for public schools is also misplaced since any ordinary public school is governed by section 23(9).
Sasa does not provide a framework for any school other than ordinary, special needs or private or independent schools. If collaboration schools fall within the public school domain, then 23(9) applies to it.
I hope readers can read between the lines and question her motive for introducing collaboration funded schools.
Is this another ploy of creating cheaper privately-funded schools using taxpayers money where the funders have a great say in management? You be the judge.