15 May 2022

Tracking the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill in Parliament

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The Basic Education Laws Amendment (BELA) Bill [B2-2022] was introduced in Parliament on 10 January 2022. 

You can track its processing here

The Bill amends the South African Schools Act and Employment of Educators Act. It seeks to introduces new regulations around schools in South Africa, most notably in relation to compulsory schooling from Grade R, language policies and curriculums, prohibition of corporal punishment and initiation practises, to mention a few. 

In October 2017, a draft BELA Bill was published for public comment. The Department subsequently received more than 5 000 written submissions from stakeholders and the general public.

Upon completion of the consultative processes, Cabinet approved that the BELA Bill be introduced in Parliament on 24 November 2021. 

On 15 February 2022, the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education mapped the way forward regarding the process it will likely follow to ensure thorough public engagement. The Committee agreed to provide a month for written public comment on the Bill, after which it will engage in public hearings.

On 16 May,  the Portfolio Committee invited stakeholders and interested individuals to submit written comments on the BELA Bill. You can find the call for comment here

 

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