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Plan to make grade R compulsory is threatened by high cost


Plan to make grade R compulsory is threatened by high cost

Thousands of new classrooms and teachers would be needed for R17.6bn project


Budget constraints and teacher shortages are a major threat to the government’s plan to make grade R compulsory, say education experts.

Mandatory schooling in the year that a child turns five and harsher penalties for parents who fail to send pupils aged between seven and 15 to school are among proposed amendments in the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill. 

The bill, which is fiercely opposed by some education stakeholders and civil rights organisations, came up for debate in parliament last week...

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