Education bill will open for comment again


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.