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Controversial Education Reform Divides South African School Communities

  • Controversial Legislation: The Basic Education Laws Amendment (BELA) Bill proposes significant changes to South Africa’s education system, sparking heated debate among stakeholders.
  • Opposition from Governing Bodies: School governing bodies (SGBs) are vocal opponents of the bill, arguing that it infringes on their autonomy and places undue administrative burdens on schools.
  • Government Support and Discontent: While the government emphasizes the bill’s benefits, such as addressing discrimination in admissions, critics contend that it centralizes power and fails to address systemic challenges in education.

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