n South African Journal of Education - School choice : challenge to Sharpeville public school principals

Volume 25, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-0100
  • E-ISSN: 2076-3433



According to Section 29 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa everyone has the right to education. It specifies further that everyone has the right to equal education. Prior to 1994 education was segregated. Every group had its own educational system, administration and schools. Very little school choice existed and learners had to attend the school closest to their residence and the one designated to their racial group.New directions have been considered in white papers concerning education, which have resulted in various new laws. These include the South African Schools Act , which has heralded a new era in the management and control of schools. Parents and learners now have a choice to attend any school they wish. Affordability is a minor concern because the South African Schools Act ensures that learners cannot be rejected if parents are not in a position to pay the school fees. Learners from Sharpeville have left their schools for ex- Model C schools in the towns of Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark. The numbers in Sharpeville primary schools have dropped drastically. Some schools have had to merge in order to cover the required enrolment by the Department of Education. Principals of Sharpeville primary schools are faced with the challenge of turning their schools into learning organisations that produce quality education.

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