What does the Right to Education entail?

Section 29 grants everyone the right to education. This includes the right to basic education and to further education. The right to basic education is absolute – meaning that no one may be denied access to education because they cannot pay. Private schools are allowed to charge fees and can turn people who cannot pay away. Parents of learners elect a school governing body which must do all it can to make sure that the school is run properly. As long as the school rules are legitimate, learners can be disciplined if they do not adhere to them.

The right to further education is qualified, meaning that the state must take reasonable measures to make further education available to more and more people as the resources become available. Students from poor and working-class families can apply for fully funded bursaries from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

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