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To: Minister Angie Motshekga, Minister of Basic Education

Place children with disabilities in schools

Place children with disabilities in schools

Deliver inclusive and special education for children with disabilities.

Why is this important?

The South African Schools Act says that the governing body of a public school must determine the admission policy of that school. While this is the case, schools still turn away learners due to their disabilities and special needs [1]. The Act further says that no learner should be put on the waiting list; their names are supposed to be placed on a central database if schools cannot accommodate them. It also states that all children between the ages of 5 and 15 have to go to school, this includes children with disabilities and special needs.

The Constitution, the National Development Plan, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Incheon Declaration of the World Education Forum all confirm that the state has a commitment to provide schooling for children with disabilities.

The Department of Basic Education needs to ensure that the Act is adhered to, and that governing bodies do not violate the children's rights to an inclusive and special education.

[1] Disabled and out of school, Stephanie Kelly for Groundup News. 13 June 2016.

Reasons for signing

  • All children have a right to education. No segregation on grounds of disability should be allowed. If disabled children are at risk of being teased and bullied, it makes more sense to address the bullying and minimise the risk, rather than deciding to exclude disabled children as a way of protecting them.
  • A person with a disability is not a person with no brain. They just need to be accomodated and why should there be discriminated against a person with a disability. Mostvpeople with a disabiluty want to kearn and want to work the biggest probkem is reasonable accomidation for them/us to function.


2017-08-08 15:34:56 +0200

25 signatures reached

2017-07-13 22:12:26 +0200

10 signatures reached