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versión On-line ISSN 2225-7160
versión impresa ISSN 1466-3597


ARENDSE, Lorette. Falling through the cracks: The plight of "over-aged" children in the public education system. De Jure (Pretoria) [online]. 2021, vol.54, n.1, pp.105-126. ISSN 2225-7160.

The legislative and policy framework regulating compulsory education in South Africa requires that learners beyond the age of fifteen enrol in an adult education centre to meet their educational needs. Adult education which has been called the "dysfunctional stepchild" of South African education, is poorly regulated in terms of access and quality control. Therefore, learners who are forced to leave the formal schooling sector are not necessarily guaranteed a placement in an adult education facility. This article focuses on a specific cohort of learners between the ages of fifteen and eighteen who are technically children in terms of South African law and therefore in need of special protection. In particular, the article assesses the extent to which the constitutional rights of these learners are violated by the current compulsory education legislative and policy structure. These rights include the rights to basic education, equality as well as the bests interests of the child.

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