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The only Western Cape province to oppose the controversial BELA bill

CAPE TOWN – The Western Cape is the only province opposing the controversial Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill (BELA) that got the green light at the National Council of Provinces (NCOP).

The controversial BELA Bill cleared another hurdle on Thursday when the NCOP education select committee adopted legislation aimed at reforming the basic education sector.

The bill will now be taken up in a council session for further consideration before it is finally passed to the president for his signature.

READ: Parliament continues to process BELA bill despite objections

Last week, the select committee on education and technology, sports, arts and culture adopted amendments to the bill.

These included empowering school governing bodies (SGBs) to determine language policy.

But the Democratic Alliance (DA) said that while the SGBs determine language policy, the bill still leaves the final decision in the hands of the head of the department.

Western Cape committee member Elliot Njadu said the DA-led province was also opposed to the legislation.

“The Western Cape Provincial Parliament gives the Western Cape delegation to the NCOP the authority not to support the bill. It is signed by the Western Cape Speaker, Hon Daylin Mitchell.”

The bill was adopted despite objections. The bill will go to the President after its final adoption by the NCOP.