Legacy Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on its activities undertaken during the 4th Parliament
(May 2009 – March 2014)
Oversight responsibility of Basic Education Portfolio Committee
The Basic Education Portfolio Committee is responsible for the oversight of the Department of Basic Education as well as the following statutory entities:
Education Labour Relations Council
South African Council for Educators
uMalusi Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training
THE ROLE AND FUNCTIONS OF COMMITTEES IN PARLIAMENT (provided by Parliament)
The two houses of Parliament, the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, conduct their work in plenary sessions (where Members of a house meet together in one group), in joint sittings (where Members of both houses meet as one group), and in Committees (smaller groups of Members).
Working in Committees allows Parliament to:
Increase the amount of work that can be done Ensure that issues can be debated in more detail than in plenary sessions Increase the level of participation of Members of Parliament (MPs) in discussions Enable MPs to develop expertise and in-depth knowledge of the specific Committee's area of work Provide a platform for the public to present views directly to MPs, something which is not possible in a plenary sitting of Parliament Provide an environment for Parliament to hear evidence and collect information related to the work of a specific Committee.
Committees are, in general, proportionally representative of the parties in Parliament. Committee meetings are open to the public, but may be closed if there is a good reason to do so.
The different committees have one or more of the following functions:
They monitor and oversee the work and budgets of national government departments and hold them accountable They consider and amend Bills, and may initiate Bills They consider private members' and provincial legislative proposals and special petitions They consider international treaties and agreements They examine specifi c areas of public life or matters of public interest They take care of domestic parliamentary issues Committees have the power to summon any person to appear before them, give evidence or produce documents. They may require any person or institution to report to them. Committees may also receive petitions, representations or submissions from the public. Each Committee is headed by a Chairperson.
THE DIFFERENT COMMITTEES OF PARLIAMENT
The National Assembly (NA) appoints from among its members a number of Portfolio Committees to shadow the work of the various national government departments.
The role of Portfolio Committees is to:
consider Bills, deal with departmental budget votes, oversee the work of the department they are responsible for, and enquire and make recommendations about any aspect of the department, including its structure, functioning and policy.
The work of Committees is not restricted to government. They may investigate any matter of public interest that falls within their area of responsibility. There is a Portfolio Committee for each national Ministry and its associated government department/s.
The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) appoints from its permanent members a number of Select Committees to shadow the work of the various national government departments and to deal with Bills.
Because only 54 of the 90 NCOP Members are permanent delegates compared to the 400 of the NA, the Select Committees oversee the work of more than one national government department.
Public Accounts Committees
The National Assembly Standing Committee on Public Accounts acts as Parliament's watchdog over the way taxpayers' money is spent by the Executive. Every year the Auditor-General tables reports on the accounts and financial management of the various government departments and State institutions.
Heads of government departments and institutions are regularly called by this committee to report and account for expenditure. The Committee can recommend that the National Assembly takes corrective actions if necessary.
Members' Legislative Proposals and Petitions Committees
Draft bills can be submitted by individual Members of the National Assembly. These bills are considered by the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Private Member's Legislative Proposals and Special Petitions. If the Committee agrees with the principle of the draft Bill, a Bill will be prepared and dealt with by Parliament.
The National Council of Provinces Select Committee on Members' and Provincial Legislative Proposals considers draft Bills from individual NCOP members and provincial legislatures.
Petitions may also be tabled in Parliament and referred to the relevant committee that deals with the issue raised in the petition.
The National Assembly has a number of internal committees that deal with matters affecting the running of Parliament. The Committees normally consist of senior Members of Parliament. The Rules Committee and its sub-committees deal with House rules, the budget of the House, support for Members, internal arrangements, and powers and privileges of members. Other internal Committees are the Programme Committee that plans the work of the Assembly, the Disciplinary Committee, and the Committee of Chairpersons.
The National Council of Provinces has its own domestic Committees. The Rules Committee and its subcommittees deal with the NCOP rules, the NCOP budget, parliamentary privileges, internal arrangements, international relations and delegated legislation. The Programme Committee plans the work of the NCOP and the Committee of Chairpersons make recommendations about the functioning of Committees and other NCOP forums.
Ad hoc Committees
Parliament or one of its Houses may appoint an ad hoc (temporary) Committee when a special task must be done. When the task is complete, the Committee is dissolved.
The National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces together appoint a number of joint committees, for example the Constitutional Review Committee.
The Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and the Joint Standing Committee on Defence are statutory Committees. This means that they are established, by the Constitution or by an Act of Parliament, as well as in terms of the rules of Parliament.
The committees play a very important role in the process of building democracy and involving the public in the processes and activities of Parliament.
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|NW2418 by Ms H S Boshoff - (1)(a) Which provincial departments of education ...|
|NW2415 by Ms N I Tarabella Marchesi - (1)Whether teachers are given specific extra ...|
|NW2416 by Ms N I Tarabella Marchesi - (a) What was the (i) budget for and (ii) actual ...|
|NW2414 by Ms N I Tarabella Marchesi - (a) What is the maximum number of grades that may ...|
|NW2271 by Mr M Bagraim - What (a) number of learners in each province who ...|
|NW2266 by Ms N I Tarabella Marchesi - (a) What number of schools in each province has ...|
|NW2227 by Mr T J Brauteseth - (1)Whether (a) her department and/or (b) the ...|
|NW2375 by Mrs J V Basson - (1) (a) Whether her department has plans in place ...|
|NW2371 by Mr D H Khosa - In view of the fact that although Grade R classes ...|
|NW2190 by Mrs C Dudley - (1)When will the (a) next meeting of the Council ...|
|NW2270 by Mr M Bagraim - (a) What is her department’s policy on educators ...|
|NW2372 by Ms N R Mokoto - Whether she intends to consider making using of ...|
|NW2373 by Mr D H Khosa - Whether she has found that terminating the ...|
|NW2268 by Mr D America - With reference to the educator strike action ...|
|NW2374 by Mr A Botes - (1) What progress has her department made ...|
|NW2102 by Ms N I Tarabella Marchesi - What (a) number of provincial departments of ...|
|NW1460 by Ms E R Wilson - (1)Whether, with reference to the reply of the ...|
|NW2104 by Ms H Bucwa - (1)What (a) number of schools in each province ...|
|NW1994 by Mr M Waters - (1)With reference to her reply to question 460 on ...|
|NW2105 by Ms H Bucwa - With reference to her reply to question 132 on 28 ...|
|NW1965 by Mr D R Ryder - What number of (a) schools were planned for ...|
|NW2103 by Ms H Bucwa - Whether, in light of high numbers of unplaced ...|
|NW2121 by Ms E R Wilson - With reference to her reply to question 1347 on ...|
|NW2120 by Ms E R Wilson - Whether the SA Council for Educators check court ...|
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|NW2181 by Mr W M Madisha - What (a) has she found to be the hindrance for ...|
|NW1743 by Mr A P van der Westhuizen - With reference to the Minister of Higher ...|
|NW2069 by Prof B Bozzoli - Whether any policy has been put in place to ...|
|NW2123 by Mr D America - With reference to her reply to question 887 on 3 ...|
|NW290 by Ms N I Tarabella Marchesi - (a) How many schools have been built by each ...|
|NW2124 by Mr D America - With reference to her reply to question 289 on 23 ...|
|NW2119 by Ms E R Wilson - (a) Why are the annual reports of the National ...|
|NW2125 by Ms B S Masango - With reference to her reply to question 292 on 23 ...|
|NW2100 by Ms N I Tarabella Marchesi - (a) What toilet facilities were available at the ...|
|NW1403 by Ms N V Mente - (a) What are the details of the backlog of ...|
|NW2101 by Ms N I Tarabella Marchesi - (a) What is the current dropout rate of learners ...|
|NW705 by Ms T Stander - (1)Whether her department has a sexual harassment ...|
|NW2011 by Mr R K Purdon - (1)What are the details of the (a) number of ...|
|NW1918 by Mr M Tshwaku - (1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of ...|
|NW1308 by Mr M Tshwaku - (1)Why has her department done nothing to assist ...|
|NW1174 by Mr M Waters (DA) to ask Minister of Basic Education - Whether, with regard to the reply to question 288 ...|
|NW1316 by Adv A de W Alberts - (1)With reference to her reply to question 3599 ...|
|NW1867 by Mr M Tshwaku - (1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of ...|
|NW1410 by Adv A de W Alberts - (1)Whether her department has taken measures to ...|
|NW1702 by Mr M Tshwaku - (1)(a) What total amount of land owned by her ...|
|NW1811 by Ms H Bucwa - (1)Whether (a) her spouse and/or (b) an adult ...|
|NW1851 by Ms N R Mashabela - What number of information technology and/or ...|
|NW1317 by Adv A de W Alberts - (1)With reference to her reply to question 3870 ...|
|NW1013 by Mr Z R Xalisa - What (a) number of (i) primary and (ii) high ...|
|Bill name||Date introduced||Number||Status|
|Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill||13 Oct 2017||X-2017|
|Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill||27 Oct 2010||B36-2010||Act commenced|
|General and Further Education and Training Quality Assurance Amendment Bill||09 Jul 2008||B35-2008||Act commenced|
|Higher Education Amendment Bill||09 Jun 2008||B34-2008||Act commenced|
|National Qualifications Framework Bill||09 Jun 2008||B33-2008||Act commenced|
|Education Laws Amendment Bill||20 Aug 2007||B33-2007||Act commenced|
|Further Education and Training Colleges Bill||16 Oct 2006||B23-2006||Act commenced|
AttendanceRanked 19 out of 37 for NA
Secretary of Committee:
Tel: 021 403 3764
Cell: 083 709 8450
Secretary to Chairperson:
Tel: 021 403 3174
Cell: 083 709 8441