South Africa’s basic education system is in a state of crisis, negatively affecting young people’s ability to perform in a knowledge-driven global economy, and blocking South Africa’s human capital pipeline from producing a steady flow of skilled and highly skilled individuals into the labour pool.

The DA resolutions for discussion include, among others, the creation of specialist teacher training colleges in every province, the establishment of a National Education Inspectorate to ensure that teaching standards are met, and declaring principals, cleaners and food providers as providing ‘essential services’ at all schools.