News clipping - News24.com - 9 February 2011

Public Protector keeps eye on education

The Public Protector has urged the Gauteng education department to approach her if the government failed to fix problems threatening education. "The architects of the constitutional democracy enshrined the right to education in the Bill of Rights," advocate Thuli Madonsela said at a two-day education conference at the Springs Civic Centre on Tuesday.

This made it the state's responsibility to provide adequate infrastructure, learning material, capable teachers and an environment conducive to productive learning.

Madonsela said when calling the state to account for its acts and omissions, she had a responsibility not only to check if the state's conduct was lawful, but to also establish if it was proper.

However, she acknowledged that the government had made an effort since 1994 to give effect to the right to education, as demonstrated by the annual expenditure on education, and attempts to make sure resources were distributed equitably.