Yesterday, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) launched the Charter of Children's Basic Education Rights. It is aimed at monitoring progress made by the government in educating children and the SAHRC will annually measure progress against the charter using national and provincial data from Statistics South Africa, the department of basic education and other research.

"After 20 years into the democratic dispensation we are still arguing about the norms and standards of education. Every child is entitled to a good education. We have spent time talking with little action as far as the child's right to education is concerned," SAHRC chairperson advocate Lawrence Mushwana said.

Patricia Martin from Advocacy Aid, who helped draft the charter, said: "The constitution prescribes what should be done, but the charter should be used as an indicator for the rights and a development of a scorecard for government."

Basic education deputy director general Palesa Tyobeka said the charter was welcomed as the government still had a long way to go.

Sowetan 1 February 2013


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