Campaigners in South Africa are marching tomorrow (29th May), to the Education department in Eastern Cape, to demand that school buildings be brought up to the required standards. At present more than 90% of the schools have neither libraries nor laboratories. Many have intermittent or no electricity supply, thousands have inadequate sanitation and hundreds have no water supply at all. Many of the schools are built of mud, and campaigners are demanding that such schools be replaced by buildings made of suitable and safe materials.

The campaign is being organised by a social movement called Equal Education (EE), consisting of parents, community members, students and teachers. Its most active members are young people it calls 'equalisers' - high schools students in grades 8 to 12. EE is struggling to finally overturn the legacy of apartheid, which remains obvious in the public school system, with class and race-based inequalities still entrenched. EE also makes clear its opposition to the privatisation of education and the replacement of public schools by so-called low fee private school chains. 

Tomorrow's march is taking place during the school day, with the agreement of school principals, so that as many people as possible can take part. The campaigners will be demanding that plans to make the changes to public school infrastructure, which were agreed 18 months ago, be published immediately.

A statement on EE's website says, 'In the past six months EE has visited more than 40 schools around the Eastern Cape. . .  EE has found schools in the most appalling of conditions, including learners learning in small shacks that are hot in summer, leaking during the rainy season and unbearably cold in winter.  When the department is asking us to wait longer for the plans they are saying that learners in such schools must wait longer to know how and when their schools will be fixed. This is not fair.'