A provincial summit, led by MEC Panyaza Lesufi, was held at the weekend involving stakeholders which included the Gauteng education department, members of civil society, school governing body associations, the Congress of South African Students, and the South African National Civic Organisation.
Topics discussed were independent schools, governing body associations, education configuration and democratic structures for education.
The summit called for the Act to be reviewed regarding the powers of the SGB. The commission recommend that the MEC be given powers by law to regulate language policy, admission policy and recruitment.
Lesufi vowed that by 2017 all schools would be integrated and represent a non-racial system.
“We will close the net for racists. No one who believes in racism will have space in this country. We are building a society where our children must play rugby, soccer and swim together.”
Lesufi said schools with names that represented the apartheid regime had until November to change their name, after which the department would intervene.
“By 2017 there must not be a school for black, white, Indian etc. It must be for South Africa.”