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Inaccessible Education

Section 12 of the South African Schools Act (Act 79 of 1996) through Section 5 makes provision for all schools to be full-service schools by stating that public schools must admit learners and serve their educational requirements without unfairly discriminating in any way.

Section 12 of the SA Schools Act outlines that the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) must, where reasonably practicable, provide education for learners with special education needs at ordinary public schools by providing relevant educational support services for such learners and taking all reasonable measures in ensuring that physical facilities at public schools are accessible to people with disabilities.

The ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the South African Government in 2007 places an obligation on the system to recognize the rights of persons with disabilities to education and to realise this right through providing equal opportunity to life-long learning for all in an inclusive education system at all levels without discrimination.

The following are some of the criteria which might be available and non-compliant or unavailable:

  • Inaccessible school transport.
  • The Continuous Accessible Path of Travel.
  • Designated Accessible Parking Bays.
  • Principal Pedestrian Entrance.
  • Unisex Accessible Toilets
  • Access to the stage in the Hall.
  • Accessible signage and information communication.
  • Wayfinding and orientation
  • Access to the sports grounds and respective club houses or tuck shops
  • Classroom accessible: entrance, circulation space, seating
  • Educational accessibility: such as auditory and visual assistive devices.
  • Universal design for learning: alternative methods of teaching the curriculum.

If you believe that you have been discriminated against through Inaccessible Education, please feel free to fill out the form below and we will come back to you within 48 hours.

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