Education - A long way to go
On 18 August 2014 the Department of Education released a statement in which it details the extent of the delivery of school infrastructure, services and furniture to schools in the Eastern Cape as part of the Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (ASIDI). This initiative was brought about through litigation undertaken by the Centre for Child Law and the Legal Resources Centre in 2011. We acknowledge the strides made by the government including the construction of over 70 schools so far.
However many mud schools were not part of the initial ASIDI plans and repeated requests for their inclusion were ignored. This resulted in further litigation which was launched earlier this year. A settlement agreement is being negotiated, but it is anticipated that the agreement will be made an order of court this Thursday, 21 August 2014.
The Department's statement comes at a time when civil society is questioning the progress made in providing quality education. On Thursday 21 August 2014, the Centre for Child Law will be launching a report on the progress made since litigation in 2011.
For more information see the media release below: