Children with disabilities denied their right to basic education in South Africa

Africa, April 7 2017

A reply to a DA parliamentary question by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, has revealed that 9606 students with disabilities are not yet placed in schools.

According to the reply, these learners can be located in the following provinces:

Province 2015/16

Gauteng 1785

Eastern Cape 3244

Free State 621

KwaZulu-Natal 1636

Limpopo 568

Mpumalanga 850

Northern Cape 87

North West 803

Western Cape 0

Total 9606

It is utterly unacceptable that thousands of children are denied their right to basic education, as enshrined in Section 29 of the Constitution.

It is even more worrying to note that the number of children with disabilities who are on waiting lists has increased from 9 232 learners in 2013/2014 to 9606 in the 2015/16 financial year.

The DA will write to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee, Nomalungelo Gina, to request that Minister Motshekga be summoned to Parliament to answer for why these vulnerable learners are being treated in this way, and demand that she present a full plan to remedy this situation as a matter of urgency.

Source: Democratic Alliance

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