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The obligation to provide free basic education in South Africa: an international law perspective

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dc.contributor.author Arendse, L
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-03T07:40:26Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-03T07:40:26Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Arendse, L. 2011. The obligation to provide free basic education in South Africa: an international law perspective. Potchefstroom electronic law journal (PELJ) = Potchefstroomse elektroniese regsblad (PER), 14(6):97-127 [http://www.nwu.ac.za/p-per/index.html] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1727-3781
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/7185
dc.description.abstract In South Africa many learners are denied the right to basic education because of the levying of school fees and other educational charges, in spite of the international obligation imposed on government to provide free primary education. This article examines the exact nature and extent of this obligation by exploring the concept of "free" basic education. The applicable international instruments and their interpretation as well as the significance of the right to education as a central, facilitative right are examined in order to establish the content of the right to basic education and the legal obligations that ensue. Against this background, the implications of the South African Constitutional Court's approach to the realisation of socio-economic rights and the possibility of the establishment of a core minimum obligation are analysed. It is argued that learners in South Africa may come from different socio-economic backgrounds but as learners in the same public school domain and as equal bearers of their constitutional right to basic education all of them are entitled to the same type and quality of free basic education. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Right to education en_US
dc.subject Free education en_US
dc.subject Basic education en_US
dc.subject International obligations en_US
dc.subject Core obligations en_US
dc.title The obligation to provide free basic education in South Africa: an international law perspective en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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