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:
Eastern Cape 3244
Free State 621
Northern Cape 87
North West 803
Western Cape 0
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