Font size: +
2 minutes reading time (343 words)

Ammendment to Gauteng Education Law - A comedy of errors

Amendments to the Gauteng Education Law have recently been introduced. These amendments have been analysed by the Leendert van Oostrum of the Pestalozzi Trust. This analysis concludes these ammendments are so badly written that it would be very difficult for the Department of Education to prosecute people with this law. Some paragraphs actually state exactly the opposite of what they were intended to mean. Click here to read the complete analysis.

If it is possible for such poor legislation to be passed into law, the entire legislative process is suspicious. Leendert van Oostrum also writes the following on the Tuisonderwys mailing list : "What is shocking to me, though, is not so much the departmental officials who drafted the amendments for the MEC for Education. What is shocking is that the amendments, with those glaring arrors in them, were actually passed into law."

Leendert van Oostrum continues : "That means that it was passed by all the members of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature. That means, those good people you voted for in the last elections (if, like a good democrat, you did vote).

The legislature only passed the law after it was diligently considered in every detail by the Education Portfolio Committee of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature. Almost all parties represented in the legislature are also represented on the Education Portfolio Committee.

The Education Portfolio Committee only considered the law after it had been submitted by the MEC for Education, who was advised by the officials of her departement who had drafted the amendments, and who also submitted it to the departmental lawyer(s) for scrutiny before it was submitted to the legislature.

After being passed by the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, the amendments only became law after being signed by the Gauteng Provincial Premier, who did so with the assistance of his own advisers.

And all these clever and highly paid people still made one big mess of it!

Lesson: before you vote in the next elections make sure, not only that your prospective elected representatives can read, but that they actually DO read!"

Stay Informed

When you subscribe to the blog, we will send you an e-mail when there are new updates on the site so you wouldn't miss them.

Politici bly belê in mislukte onderwysstelsel
Is matriek nog iets werd?

Related Posts



No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Tuesday, 25 June 2024

Legal & Research

Research on Home Education

Research on home education consistently proves that home learners

+ View

Homeschooling and the law

Home schooling was recognized in 1996 in the SA Schools Act.

+ View

History of homeschooling in SA

History of home education in South Africa (Wikipedia article)

+ View


Learning centre overview

Homeschool, micro-school, learning centre, unregistered private

+ View

Start a Learning Centre

Important considerations when starting a learning centre

+ View

Find a learning centre

There are various ways to find learning centres. Since there is

+ View

Homeschool ABC



Popular homeschooling approaches and styles ...

+ View


5 Easy steps to start homeschooling ...

+ View


How to choose a curriculum for your family ...

+ View



Homeschool Family blogs

Blogs by homeschooling families that share their experiences and ...


Tutors provide additional support to homeschooling parents. ... ...

Support Groups

Forums where parents and learners discuss issues with each other and ...

Assessment Tools

Homeschoolers make use of a variety of formal and informal ...


Welcome / Welkom

SAHomeschoolers.Org is an independent website that promotes home ...

Q & A

  • Prev
  • Curriculums & Resources