Parliament, Monday, 21 November 2022 – The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education will tomorrow continue with oral submissions on the Basic Education Laws Amendment (BELA) Bill.

The Bill proposes to amend the South African Schools Act of 1996 and the Employment of Educators Act of 1998, so as to align them with developments in the education landscape and to ensure that systems of learning are put in place in a manner that gives effect to the right to basic education enshrined in section 29(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996.

Amongst other things, the Bill seeks to amend certain definitions, to provide that attendance of Grade R is compulsory, and to provide for system improvements in terms of admission of learners to public schools. It also provides for financial and public accountability frameworks for governing bodies and provincial departments. The Bill further provides for additional regulatory powers of the Minister, and enhancing decision making and oversight powers of Heads of Departments and Members of the Executive Councils.

Details of the meeting are as follows:
Date: Tuesday, 22 November 2022
Venue: Committee Room S12A, Ground Floor, NCOP Wing, Parliament
Time: 9:00

Please note that this will be a physical meeting. 


For media enquiries or interviews with the Chairperson, please contact:
Name: Rajaa Azzakani (Ms)
Tel: 021 403 8437
Cell: 081 703 9542