Educators asked to comment on new minimum uniform norms and standards

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

 

The Education Department has called on all stakeholders involved in education to review the recently released government draft on minimum uniform norms and standards for school infrastructure and provide their comments and feedback by the 11 October 2013.

This request for comments and feedback comes after the draft regulations have finally been approved by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and published on 12 September.

All comments and feedback will be evaluated and reviewed, and if and where appropriate, will be included in the draft regulations. The final regulations is expected to be ready and published on or prior to 30 November 2013.

“The objectives of the regulations will be to guide the provisioning of an enabling physical teaching and learning environment that is sustainable and equitable for all learners in South Africa and, therefore, improve access to quality education facilities,” Motshekga said.

One of the objectives of the regulations is to provide all provincial education departments a timeframe and the process as to how they have to put in place and implement the new norms and standards. The new regulations have prioritized certain aspects of education like availability of classrooms, electricity, water, sanitation and perimeter security.

In the recently published government draft on minimum uniform norms and standards for school infrastructure, it states all members of the executive council of provincial education departments will be forced, on an annual basis, to submit details plans as to how the new norms and standards will be implemented . Furthermore, they will have to report directly to the minister on an annual basis detailing the implementation of their plans.

The draft also requires that provincial education departments address the usability of design of infrastructure, products, environments, programmes and services when it comes to learners and teachers who have functional limitations.

In addition, those schools designed for students with special education needs will be forced to comply the new requirements in relation to the nature of the specialized support prorates offered the individual schools.

Other features highlighted in the new draft bills include things like design considerations for educational spaces and educational support spaces including day lighting, the avoidance of glare, ventilation, acoustic conditions and background noise and reverberation.

The draft bill also requires that the Department of Basic Education, from time to time, to review the norms and standards within the regulation, and if necessary make the relevant changes such that the regulations remain current and up to date.

To view the new Draft Regulations for Minimum Uniform Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure – CLICK HERE

The Regulations Relating to Minimum Uniform Norms and Standards for Public School Infrastructure were published for public comment under General Notice No. 932 in Government Gazette No. 36837 of 12 September 2013.

All education stakeholders and interested persons are invited to submit comments by or before 11 October 2013.

Commentators are requested to provide their name (and the name of the organisation they represent, address, telephone number, fax number and email address when they submit their comments to The Director-General, Private Bag X895, Pretoria, 0001, for attention: Mr C Ledwaba, tel. 012 357 3718, fax 012 323 9430, email Ledwaba.c@dbe.gov.za.

Source: SAnews.gov.za, education.gov.za

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