Adult Education and Training Act (previous title: Adult Basic Education and Training Act)

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Adult Basic Education and Training Act [No. 52 of 2000]
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REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA -------
GOVERNMENT GAZETTE
STAATSKOERANT
VAN DIE REPUBLIEK VAN SUID-AFRIKA
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It is hereby notified that the President has assented to the
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Hierby word bekend gemaak dat die President s goed- following Act which is hereby published for general keuring geheg het aan die onderstaande Wet wat hi rby ter information:— algemene inligting gepubliseer word:—
No. 52 of 2000; Aduit Basic Education and Training Act, 2000. dNo. 52 van 2000: Wet op Basiese Onderwys en Oplei ing vir Volwassenes, 2000.
r,..+. .:+ ;4 : f .,,. -. .,,. . . ... ,”?.”. . . person receiling education in terms of this Act: “Member of the Executive Council’” means the member of the Executive Council of the pro~ince in question Ivho is responsible for education in that 10 province: “Minister” means the Minister of Education: “NABABET’” means the National Adlisory Board f’ol .~dult Baiic Education and Training. established b! regulation in terms of section 11 of the National Education Polic! Act. 1996 (Act No. 27 of 1996); 15 “orym of state” means an organ of state as defined in section 2.39 ot’ the Constitution: “policy” means policy determined b} the— (c~) Minister in term of the National Education Polic> Act. 1996 (Act No. 27
of 1996): or 20 (b) Member of the Executive Council in terms of a provincial law; “’pri}ate centre’” means a prilate centre registered in terms of section 27 which ofiers adul( basic education and training: “’provincial legisltiture” means a provincial legislature contemplated in section 104 of the Constitution: 25 “public centre”’ means it public centre established in terms of section .3 uhich ofiers tidult basic education and training: “this Act” includes the regulations tntide under this Act.
Application of Act
2. ( 1 ) This Act applies to ml adult basic education and training offered ~t any centre 30. in the Republic of South Africti.
(2) A Member of the Executive Council and Head of Department must exercise an! power conferred upon them by or under this Act. after taking full account of the ~pplic~ble policy determined in terms of the National Eductition Polic! Act. 1996 (Act No. 27 of 1996). 35
CHAPTER 2
PUBLIC CENTRES
Establishment of’ public centre
3. ( 1 ) A Member of the Executi\e Council ma). by notice in the Protincia] Gcr:crrc and from money appropriated for that purpose by the provincial legislature in question. 40 establish u public centre.
(2) Every public centre contemplated in subsection ( 1 ) must be a juristic person. (3) A public centre which occupies immovable property owned by the State. has the
right. for the duration of the centre’s existence. to occupy and use the immol’able propert! to the benefit of the centre for educational purposes. 45
(4) In this section. immovable property owned b! the State includes immolfible property held in trust on behalf of a tribe by a trust created by statute.
(5) The right referred to in subsection (3) may be restricted by the Head of Department if the immovable property is not used by the centre for educational purposes. 50
(6) The Head of Department may not act under subsection (5) unless he or she has— (a)
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informed th~ governing body of the centre of his or her intention and the reasons therefor; granted the governing body of the centre a reasonable opportunity to make representations to him or her in relation to such action; and 55 duly considered any such representations received.
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Provision of facilities
4. (~) The Head of Dep~ment must provide facilities for use by the Public centre to perform its functions in terms of this Act.
(2) If no facilities are available to be used by the public centre, the Head of Department must in [ems of section 20(1 )(k) of the South African Schools Act, 1996 (Act No. 84 of 1996), request the governing body of a public school to allow reasonable use of the facilities of the school by [he public centre.
(3) After the request contemplated in subsection (2) has been made, the Head of Department and the school governing body must enter into an agreement providing among other thin~s for the—
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amount-of time, and the time of day or night that the school facilities may be used by tbe public centre; manner in which resources and the costs must be shared between the school and the public centre; responsible authority to be liable for payment of the costs referred to in paragraph (b): maintenance and improvement of the school facilities: access to school facilities by all interested persons: security of the facility; and relationship between the school governing body and the public centre governing body.
(4) The Head of Department must consult with the governing body of tbe public centre in question before entering into the agreement contemplated in subsection (3).
(5) The Minister may, after consultation with the Council of Education Ministers. make regulations regarding the minimum requirements for an agreement contemplated in subsection (3).
Merger of public centres
5. ( 1 ) Subject to subsection (2). the Member of the Executive Council may. by notice in the Provincial Ga:erte. merge (WO or more public centres into a single centre.
(2) Before merging two or more public centres, the Member of the Executive Council must—
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give written notice to the centres in question of the intention to merge them; publish a notice giving reasons for the proposed merger in one or more newspapers circulating in the area in which the centres are situated: give the governing bodies of the centres in question and any other interested persons an opportunity to make representations within 90 days from the date of the notice referred to in paragraph (b); consider such representations: and be satisfied that the employers of staff at the public centres in question have complied with their ohfigations in terms of th”e applicable labour law.
(3) The assets. liabilities. rights and obligations of the centres that are merged vest in the single centre contemplated in subsection ( 1).
(4) The governing bodies of the centres referred to in subsection ( 1 ) must have a meeting before the merger to constitute a single interim governing body.
(5) The interim governing body must decide on the budget and differences in the code of conduct and fees. as well as any issue that is relevant to the merger or which is prescribed, until a new governing body is constituted in terms of section 8.
(6) The governing body of any public centre to be merged under subsection ( 1 ), may appeal to the Minister against the merger.
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Closure of public centre
6. ( 1 ) The Member of the Executive Council may, by notice in the provincial Ga~erte. close a public centre.
(2) Before closing a public centre. the Member of the Executive Council must— ((i)
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inform the governing body of the centre of his or her intention and his or her reasons therefor: grant the governing body of the centre a rewonabie opportunity to make representations to him or her in relation to such uctions; conduct a public hearing after 90 days from the date of the notice referred in subsection ( 1 ) to enable the colmmunit! to make representations to him or her in relation to such actions: and give due consideration to any such representations receiied.
(3) If a public centre is closed down in terms of subsection ( 1 ). uII assets and liabilities of wch centre must be dealt with in ~ccordance with the IJW b~ the Member of the Executive Council in consultation with the governins body. and any assets remaining after payment of all liabilities vest in the State,
CH.APTER 3
GOt’ERNANCE OF PUBLIC CENTRES
Governance and management of public centre
7. ( I ) A public centre is governed by a governing body. (2) The governing body must stand in a position of trust towards the centre, ( 3 ) The mtinagement of J public centre must be undertken by the centre manager
under the authority of the Head of Department.
Governing body of public centre
8. ( I ) Every public centre must establish a goJerning body. except a public centre ct]ntempiated in section 21 ( 1 )(d) of the South African Schools Act, 1996 (Act No. 84 of 1996~. or section 9 of the Further Education and Training Act. 1998 (Act No. 98 of 1998).
(2) The gwierning body of u public centre must consist of— (o) elected members: (h) the centre manager. in his or her official capacity: (() co-opted members; (d) an! representative of any sponsorin~ bed!: (e) an! representatiI)e of an orgimisation for disabled persons. where applicable:
and (,f~ tin!’ expert in the field of adult basic education and training. where ~pplicable,
(3) The members of a gm’ernin~ body contemplated in subsection (2 )~~[) must be e Iected fron-
(a) educators at the centre: (bJ members of staff who are not educators: and (c) learners at the centre:
(4) A member contemplated in— (a) subsection (3)(a) IIIUSI be elected by the educators at the centre: (/?) subsection (3)(h) must be elected by melmbers of the staff who are not
educators at the centre: and (c) subsection (3)(c) must be elected by the learners at the centre.
(5) The members contemplated in subsections (2)(a). (b). (d). (c) and (f) must co-opt members contemplated in subsection (2)(c) from the community which the centre serves and such co-opted members may vote at any meeting of the governing body.
(6) (a) The governing body contemplated in subsection (2) must co-opt as member of the governing body—
(i) the chairperson of the governing body or any member designated by him or her: or
(ii) the principal or any educator designated by him or her, of the public school from which the centre operates.

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(b) The member contemplated in paragraph (u) may not vote at a meeting of the golernin: body,
(7) The governing body of a public centre functions in terms of a constitution which must comply with minimum requirements determined by the Member of the Executive Council by notice in the Provincial Ga:etfe.
(8) A constitution contemplated in subsection (7) must provide for— fa ) a meeting of the governing body at least four times a year and the procedures
to be followed at such meetings: (b J recording and keeping minutes of governing bed! meetings; and (c) the making available of such minutes for inspection by the Head of
Department. (9 ~ The governing body must submit a copy of its constitution to the Heud of
Depamnent vithin 90 days of its election. t 1 ()) If a public centre is established in terms of section 3. the governance of that
centw vests in the Head of Department until a governing body has been established in terms of this Act.
Election of members to governing body
9. The Member of the Executive Council must, by notice in the Provincial Ga:erfe. deLelmlille-
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the term of office of members and office-bearers of a governing body: which offrcer mus( conduct the process for the nomination and election of members of the governing body; the procedure for the disqualification or remo~’al of a member of the other matters necessary for the election. appointment or assumption of oftice ot’ members of the governing body.
Single governing body for two or more public centres
10. ( I ) The Member of the Executive Council may determine that the governance of m (1 or more public centres must ~)est in a single governing body if—
(a) it is in the best interest of education and the centres: (b) it is in the public interest: or (~) he or she was so requested by the governing bodies of such centres. if such
governin~ bodies exist. (2) Before making! a determination under subsection ( 1 ). the Member of the Executive
Council must— (a) give notice in the Provincial Ga:e[[e of his or her intention so to act: (1?) give interested parties an opportunity to make written submissions within a
period of not less than 30 days: and ~c) consider all such submissions.
(3) The Member of the Executive Council must. by notice in the Provincial Ga:erte. determine the composition of the single governing body in a manner that ensures that each centre is equitably represented.
(4) Any governing body which is the subject of a notice in terms of subsection (2) continues to exist until the first meeting of the governing body constituted in terms of this section.
Functions of governing body
11. ( 1 ) Tbe governing body of a public centre must—
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(a) p r o m o t e t h e best i n t e r e s t o f t h e public centre a n d s t r i v e t o e n s u r e i t s development through the provision of quality education for all le~ers at the public centre;
(b) develop a business plan for the public centre: (c) provide any information pertaining to the public centre and its activities at the
request of the Head of Department: (d) be responsible for the budgeting and financial management systems of the
cwblic centre: (e) promote the activities and the programmed of the public centre: (f) supplement the procurement of the learning support material for the public
centre; (s) ensure that a conducive learning environment exists for learners:
(h) elicit public support for the public centre: (iJ keep proper records of all go\eming body meetings: (j) detelop the lision and mission statement of the public centre: (k) subject to policy. determine the language policy of the public centre: (/) recommend the appointment of educ~tors of the public centre in terms of the
Employment of Educators Act: (Hi ~ establish and administer a public centre fund from voluntary contributions: (~~) adopt a constitution: (o} adopt a code of conduct for learners at the public centre; (p) discharge all other functions imposed upon a goJerning body by or under this
Act: and (q/ discharge all other functions consistent with the Act as determined by the
Minister by notice in the Government Ga:etfe. or by the Member of the Executive Council by notice in the Provincial Ga:effe.
(2) A public centre may establish posts for— (~{) educators and employ educators additional to the establishment determined
by the Member of the Executive Council in terms of section 5 of the Employment of Educators Act: and
(b) non-educators itnd employ non-educator staff additional to the establishment determined in terms of the Public Service Act, 1994 (Proclamation No. 103 of 1994).
(3) .4 public centre may only employ an educator in a post referred to in subsection (2)(({) if such educator is registered as an educator with the South African Council for Educators.
(4) The staff contemplated in subsection (2) must be employed in compliance with the basic !alues ~nd principles referred to in section 195 of the Constitution. and the factors to be taken into account when making appointments must ~t least include the—
(C{J abilit} of the candidate: fb) principle of equity: (c) need to redress past injustices: and (d) need for representivity.
(5) When presenting the annual budget contemplated in section 24 the governing bed} of a public centre must provide sufficient details of any posts envisaged in terms of subsection (2). including the estimated costs relating to the employment of staff in such posts and the manner in which it is proposed that such costs will be met.
(6) The State is not liable for any act or omission by the public centre relating to its contractual responsibility as the employer in respect of staff employed in terms of subsection (2).
17) After consultation as contemplated in section 5 of the National Education Policy Act. 1996 (Act No. 27 of 1996), the Minister may determine norms and standards by notice in the Government Ga:er[e regarding the funds used for the employment of staff referred to in subsection (2). but such norms and standards may not be interpreted so as to make the State a joint employer of such staff.
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created by the Member of the Executive Council in terms of section .5 of the Employment of Educators Act and educators appointed in such posts are employed in terms of that Act.
(2) The non-educator establishment of a centre is determined in terms of the Public Service Act, 1994 (Proclamation No. 1 (!3 of 1994). 5
Enhancement of capacity of governing bodies
13. ( 1 ) Out of funds appropriated for this purpose by the provincial legislature, the Head of Department must establish a programme to provide-
(a) introductory tminin: for newly elected governing bodies to enable them to perform their functions: and 10
(h) continuing training to governing bodies to promote the effective performance of their functions or to enable them to assume additional functions.
( 2 J The Head of Department must ensure that the centre manager and other officers of the education departmen[ render all necessary assistance to governing bodies in the performance of their functions in terms of this Act. 15
Failure by governing body to perform functions
14. ( I ) If a :ovemin: body has ceased or failed to perform its functions, the Head of Department must dissolve the governing body and appoint one or more persons to perform those functions for a period not exceeding three months.
(2) The Head of Department may extend the period referred to in subsection (1) for 20 further periods not exceeding three months at a time. but the total period may not exceed one year.
(3) The Head of Department must ensure that a governing body is elected in terms of this Act within a year after the appointment of the person or persons contemplated in subsection ( 1 ), 25
Recusal by members of governing body
15. A member of a governing body must uithdraw from a meeting of the governing body for the duration of the discussion and decision-making on any issue in which the member htis a personal interest.
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16. ( 1 ) Necesswy expenses incurred by a member of a governing body in the performance of his or her functions may be reimbursed b! the governing body.
(2) No member of a governing body may be remunerated in any way for the performance of his or her functions.
Committees of governing body
17. ( 1 ) A governing body ma!- (a) establish committees. including an executive committee; and (b) appoint persons who are not members of the governing
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body to such committees on grounds of expertise, but a member of the governing body must chair each committee. 40
(2) A governing bodv of a public centre which provides education to learners with. special education needs must establish a committee on special education needs.
Admission to public centre
18. ( 1 ) A public centre must admit learners and serve their educational requirements without unfairly discriminating in any way. 45
(~) An application for admission to a public Centre must be made to the Head of Department in a manner determined by him or her.
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(3) If an application referred to in subsection (2) is refused, the Head of Department must inform the learner in writing of such refusal and the reasons therefor.
(4) Any learner who has been refused admission to a public centre may appeal against the decision of the Head of Department to the Member of the Executive Council.
Representative council of learners 5
19. (1) A representative council of learners must be established at every public centre, (2) The Member of the Executive Council may, by notice in the Provincial Ga:ette,
determine guidelines for the establishment. election and functions of representative councils of learners.
Disciplinary measures 10
~f). ( 1 ) Eve~ ]earner at a public centre is subjec( to such code of conduct. disciplinary measures and procedures as may be determined by the governing body subject to provincial policy.
(2) The policy contemplated in subsection ( 1 ) must in particular deal with measures to curb racism, sexual violence and sexual harassment. Is
(3) A code of conduct must contain provisions of due process safeguarding the interest of the learner in disciplinary procedures.
CHAPTER 4
FUNDING OF PUBLIC CENTRES
Responsibility of State 20
Z1. ( ] ) ‘l%e Member of the Executive Council mus[ from money appropriated for this purpose by the provincial legislature fund public adult basic education and training on a fair, equitable and transparent basis.
(2) The Member of the Executive Council may. subject to the norms and standiu-ds determined in terms of section 22, impose— 25
(a) any reasonable condition in respect of an allocation of funding contemplated in subsection ( 1 ): and
fb) different conditions in respect of different centres and different adult basic education and training programmed. if there is a reasonable basis for iuch differentiation. 30
(3) The Member of the Executive Council must. on an annual basis, prolide sutilcient information to public centres regarding the funding referred to in subsection ( 1 ) to enable the public centre to prepare its budget for the next financial year.
Norms and standards for funding public centre
22. The Minister must. in terms of the National Education Policy Act. 1996 (Act No. 35 27 of 1996). determine norms and standards for funding of public centres. after consultation with the Council of Education Ministers. the Minister of Finance and NAB ABET.
Funds of public centre
23. The funds of a public centre consist of— 40 (u) (b) (c) (d)
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funds al}ocated by the State: any donations or contributions received by the centre: money raised by the centre; money payable by learners for adult basic education and training provided by the centre; and 45 other funds from any other source.
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Financial records and statements of public centre
24. (1) The governing body of a public centre. in the manner determined by the Member of the Executive Council—
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must keep complete accounting records of all assets. liabilities. income and expenses and any other financial transactions of the public centre as a whole. 5 of its substructures and of other bodies operating under its authority; must in each financial year, at such time and in such manner as the Member of the Executive Council may determine. submit a statement of its estimated income and expenditure for the ensuing financial year to the Member of the Executive Council for his or her approval granted with the concurrence of the 10 Member of the Executive Council responsible for finance in that province; must in any financial year. submit adjusted statements of its estimated income and expenditure to the Member of the Executive Council for his or her approval, granted with the concurrence of the Member of the Executive Council responsible for Finance in that province: and 15 may not incur any expenditure which exceeds the total amount approved in terms of paragraphs (b) and (c).
(2) If the Member of the Executive Council does not approve the governing body’s statement of its estimated income and expenditure. the Member of the Executive Council must require the governing body to provide a revised statement to him or her 20 within a specified period.
(3) The governing body of a public centre must. in respect of the preceding financial year and by a date or dates and in the manner determined by the Member of the Executive Council. provide the Member of the Executive Council with a—
(a) report on the overall governance of the centre: 25 (b) duly audited or examined statement of income and expenditure: and (c) balance sheet and cash flow statement.
(4) The governing body of a public centre must provide the Member of the Executive Council with such additional information as the Member of the Executive Council may reasonably require. X)
(5) The governing bed} of a public centre must appoint a person registered as an accountant and auditor in terms of the Public Accountants” and Audi[ors” Act. 1991 (Act No. 8(I of 1991 ), to audit the records and financial statements referred to in subsection (1).
(6) If the audit referred to in subsection (5) is not reasonably practicable. the 35 :overnin: bod~ of a public centre must appoint a person to examine and report on the records and financial statements referred to in subsection ( 1 ) who-
(a) is qualified to perform the duties of an accounting officer in terms of section 60 of the Close Corporations Act. 1984 (Act No, 69 of 1984); or
(b) is approved by the Member of the Executive Council for this purpose. 40 (7) No person who has a financial interest in the affairs of the public centre may be
appointed under this section. (8) If the Member of the Executive Council deems it necessary. he or she may request
the Auditor-General to undertake an audit of the records and financial statements of a public centre. 45
Failure of governing body to comply with Act
25. ( 1 ) If the governing body of a centre fails to comply with any provision of this Act under which allocation from money appropriated by the provincial legislature is paid to the public centre, or with any condition subject to which any allocation is paid to the public centre, the Member of the Executive Council may call upon the governing body 50 to comply with the provision or condition within a specified period.
(2) If the governing body thereafter fails to comply with the provision or condition timeously, the Member of the Executive Council may withhold payment of any portion of any allocation appropriated by the provincial legislature in respect of the public centre in question. 55
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(3) Before taking action under subsection (2). the Member of the Executive Council must—
(a) give notice to the governing body of the public centre in question of the intention so to act;
(b) give such governing body a reasonable opportunity to make representations: and
(c) consider such representations. (4) If the Member of the Executive Council acts under subsection (2). a report
regarding the action must be tabled in the provincial legislature by the Member of the Executive Council or as soon as reasonably practical after the action.
CHAPTER 5
PRIVATE CENTRES
Establishment of private centre
26. Subject to section 27. any person may. at his or her own cost. establish and maintain a private centre.
Registration of private centre
~7. ( I ) No person may establish or maintain a pri!rate centre unies> it is registered by the Head of Department.
(2) The Member of the Executive Council must. by notice in the Provincial Gacerre. determine the grounds on which the registration of a pri~ate centre may be granted or withdrawn by the Head of Department.
(3) The Head of Department must register a private centre if he or she is satisfied that the—
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standards to be maintained by such a private centre will not be inferior to the standard maintained in comparable public centres: admission policy of the private centre does not discriminate on the grounds of race: and private centre complies with the grounds for registration contemplated in subsection (2),
Withdrawal of registration of private centre
28. ( 1 ) No ~ithdrawa] of [he registration of’ private centre is Jaiid UtdeSS— (a) the owner of such a private centre has been furnished b! the Head of
Department with a notice of the intention to withdrav the registration. stating the reasons why such withdrawal is contemplated:
(b) the owner of such centre has been granted an opportunist> to make written representation to the Head of Department as to why the registration of the private centre should not be withdrawn: and
(c) any such representations received have been duly considered. (2) The owner of the private centre mav appeal to the Member of the Executive
Council against the withdrawal of the regis~ration of such a private centre.
Subsidies to registered private centre
29. ( 1 ) The Minister may, by notice in the Government Ga:et[e. determine norms and standards or conditions for the granting of subsidies to private centres after consultation with the Council of Education Ministers and with the concurrence of the Minister of Finance.
(2) The Member of the Executive Council may. out of funds appropriated by the provincial legislature for that purpose, grant a subsidy to a private centre subject to subsection (1).
(3) If conditions contemplated in subsection (1) under which a subsidy was granted have not been complied with, the Head of Department may terminate or reduce the subsidy from a date determined by him or her.
(4) The Head of Department may not terminate or reduce a subsidy under subsection (3) unless—
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(a) the owner of such private centre has been furnished with a notice of the intention to terminate or reduce the subsidy and the reasons therefor:
(b) such owner has been granted an opportunist y to make written representations as to why the subsidy should not be terminated or reduced; and
(c) any such representations received have been duly considered. 5 (5) The owner of a private centre may appeal to the Member of the Executive Council
against the termination or reduction of a subsidy to such centre.
Declaration of private centre as public centre
30. ( 1 ) The Member of the Executive Council may. with the concurrence of the Member of the Executive Council responsible for Finance in that province. enter into on 10 agreement with the owner of a private centre in terms whereof such a centre is declared to be a public centre.
(2) Notice of the change of status contemplated in subsection ( 1 ) must be published in the Provincial Ga:etre.
Functions of Member of Executive Council relating to private centre Is
31. ( 1 ) The Member of the Executive Council may. b> notice in the Provincial Ga:ef[cJ. determine requirements for—
(a) the admission of learners of a private centre to examinations conducted by or under the supervision of the education department:
(b) the keeping of registers and other documents by such a private centre: 20 (c) criteria of eligibility, conditions and manner of payment of any subsidy to
such a centre: and (d} any other matter relating to such a centre which must or may be prescribed in
terms of this Act. (2) Different requirements may be made under subsection ( 1 ) in respect of different 25
centres. (3) The Member of the Executive Council must allow the affected parties a reasonable
period to comment on any requirement he or she intends determining under subsection (l).
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QUALITY ASSURANCE AND PROMOTION
Quality assurance and promotion in adult basic education and training
32. Quality assurance and promotion in adult basic education and training must be conducted as contemplated in the South African Certification Council Act. 1986 (Act No. 85 of 19S6). 35
Advice by NABABET
33. (1) NAB ABET must advise the Minister on qualit! promotion and assurance. (~) The Mlnlster must—
(a) consider any advice given b! NABABET and (b) provide reasons in writing to NABABET if the Minister does not accept the 40
advice. (3) The Minister may act without the advice of NAB ABET if—
(a) the matter is urgent; or (b) NABABET has failed to provide the advice within 14 days after such a
request was made. 45 (4) If the Minister acts as contemplated in subsection (3) he or she must—
(a) notify NABABET of such action; and (b) provide reasons in writing to NABABET for such action.
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Report on quality assurance
34. An annual report on the quality of adult basic education and training must be made [o the Minister within 90 days after the end of the academic year by—
(a) NABABET in respect of the countrv as a whole: and (b) the Member of the Executive Coun~il in respect of the relevant province.
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GENERAL
Duty of centres to provide information
35. ( 1 ) A centre must muke information a~ailable Iur inspection by an} person, in so tw as such information is required for the exercise and protection of such person’s rights.
(2) Ever} centre must proJide such information about the centre as is reasonabl! required by the Head of Department. or the Director-General in consultation with the Head of Department.
(3) The Head of Department. Director-General and any centre which offers adult basic education and training must provide such information about the centre or quality of xiLIl( bwic education and training as is reasonably required by NABABET.
Investigation at public centre
36. ( I ) The Member of’ the Executive Council may appoint d person to conduct an ln!’estimation at a tmblic centre if—
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the governing bed! of the public centre requests the appointment of such J person: circumstances arise at the public centre that— (i) involve financial or other maladministration of a serious nature: or
(ii ) seriously undermine the effective functionin~ of the public centre: the governing body of the public centre has failed to resolve circumstances contemplated in paragraph (b): or the appointment is in the interest of adult basic education and training in an open democratic societ!
( 2 ) The person appointed in terms of subsection ( 1 ) must. within 30 days after appointment and on the terms of reference specified by the Member of the Executive Council—
((1) conduct tin inl estimation at the public centre concerned: (l?) report in writing to the Member of the Executive Council on the findings of his
or her investigfition: and (t) suggest appropriate meusures to resolve the matter.
(3 ~ The Member of the Executile Council must as soon as practicable furnish ii copy of the report referred to in subsection (2) to the go~-erning bodj in question.
Name change of public centre
37. The goTerning bed! of u public centre may. with the approval of the Member of the Executive Council and by notice in the Provincial Gcl:ctte. change the name of the public centre.
Offences
38. ( 1 ) Any person other than an organ of state. who without the authority of a public or private adult centre—
(a) offers or pretends to offer any adult basic education and training programme or part thereof
(b) confers a qualification which purports to have been granted by a centre, or in collaboration with a centre: or
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(c) purports to perform an act on behalf of a centre, is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to any sentence which may be imposed for fraud.
(2) Any person who pretends that a qualification has been awarded to him or her by a centre whereas in fact no such qualification has been so awarded, is guilty of an offence 5 and is liable on conviction to any sentence which may be imposed for fraud.
(3) Any person who contravenes section 27( 1), is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine or imprisonment not exceeding five years or to both such fine and imprisonment.
Limitation of liability 10
39. Neither the State, the NABABET nor any person appointed in terms of this Act is liable for any loss or damage suffered by any person as a result of any act performed or omitted in good faith in the course of performing any function for which that person was appointed in terms of this Act.
Delegation of powers 15
40. (1) The Minister may, on such conditions as he or she may determine, delegate the exercise of any of his or her powers under this Act, except the power to make regulations. and the performance of any of his or her duties in terms of this .Act to—
(a) NABABET (b) any employee of the Department: or Q() (c) any organ of state.
(2) The Member of the Executive Council may. on such conditions as he or she may determine, delegate the exercise of any of his or her powers under this Act. except the power to make regulations under section 41, and the performance of his or her duties in terms of this Act to any— 25
(a) employee in a provincial department responsible for education and training: or
(b) organ of state. (3) The Director-General may, on such conditions as he or she may determine,
delegate the exercise of any of his or her powers under this Act and the performance of 30 any of his or her duties in terms of this Act to any employee in the Department.
(4) The Head of Department may, on such conditions as he or she may determine. delegate the exercise of any of his or her powers under this Act and the performance of any of his or her duties in terms of this Act to any employee in the provincial department of education. 35
(5) A delegation in terms of this Act does not prevent the Minister. Member of the Executive Council. the Director-General or the Head of Department. as the case may be. from exercising such powers or performing such duties.
Regulations
41. The Minister or the Member of the Executive Council, as the case may be. may 40 make regulations consistent with this Act on anv—
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TRANSITION.4L AND OTHER ARRANGEMENTS I Existing centres, structures and bodies
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42. ( 1 ) Any public adult basic education und [mining centre which existed immediately before the commencement of this Act must be regarded as haling been 5 established in terms of this Act.
(2) Any structure or body which existed a[ ti public centre prior [o the commencement of this Act continues to exist until it is replaceci b! a structure contemplated in this Act.
Exemption of existing private centre
43. Section 38(3) does not appi! ~o a person who was proi idin: tidui[ b:isic eductition I () and training progritmmes at a private centre immediately prior to the ckite of commencement of this Act untii a date determined by the Member of the Executive Councii b! notice in the Pro!inciai Gc/ucr{c.
Short title
44. This Act is called the Aduil Busic Education and Training Acl. 2000.