The national interventions into education in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo have yielded limited results and significant confusion regarding the status and division of responsibilities for delivering quality education to learners in those Provinces.
In May 2016, the EELC and Equal Education made a submission to the National Council of Provinces, the body constitutionally mandated to play an oversight role in these types of interventions. Our submission focused on the need for more regular and comprehensive oversight. We emphasised the lack of public accountability and identifiable progress in national interventions, particularly in the Eastern Cape, in respect of which the NCOP had last exercised oversight in 2013.
In the same month, we made a separate joint submission to the Constitutional Review Committee, setting out the need for the Constitution to give more guidance to the reporting and oversight functions of the executive and legislature respectively, and to require the adoption of legislation setting out the parameters and processes to be followed when a national intervention is initiated.
The EELC is grateful to the Heinrich Böll Foundation for partnering with us and supporting our parliamentary engagements and monitoring.