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National progress in right to basic education for children with severe disabilities

In a previous issue we reported on a case brought by the Western Cape Forum for Intellectual Disabilities which resulted in the Western Cape High Court ordering that steps to be taken by the Western Cape Department of Basic Education to ensure that “every child in the Western Cape who is severely and profoundly intellectually disabled has affordable access to basic education of an adequate quality”. ...

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Western Cape makes progress on children with intellectual disabilities

We thank the Western Cape Forum for Intellectual Disability for sharing a progress report with us on steps that have been taken by Western Cape Education Department pursuant to a judgment handed down by the Western Cape High Court ordering action to realise the right of all children with severe disabilities to affordable, quality basic education. ...

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South Africa’s National Development Plan 2030 presented to Parliament

On 15 August 2012 Mr Trevor Manuel presented the final National Development Plan to a Joint Sitting of both houses of Parliament. In his presentation he emphasised that the Plan has been developed through a highly consultative process that included many young men and women in South Africa. Their overwhelming concerns were the lack of employment, the ravages of crime on their lives and communities, and poor implementation of good policies. ...

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Department of Basic Education publishes standards for statistics

The Minister of Basic Education has published the Standard for the Publication of Education Statistics in Government Gazette No. 35527 (17 July 2012). The purpose of the Standard is to specify the rules for the publication of education statistics by the Department of Basic Education and the provincial education departments (PEDs). The objective is to ensure the publication of only authentic and approved education statistics. ...

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