The National Education Crisis Committee (NECC)

The National Education Crisis Committee (NECC) is formed at a national conference held in Durban.

Late in 1984 and throughout 1985 an unprecedented wave of militant student action in black schools once again caused a crisis in black education. In 1985 concerned parents formed the Soweto Parents’ Crisis Committee (SPCC). They held a national education crisis conference in December 1985, at which an attempt was made to unite student, parent and teacher organisations. One of the decisions taken at this conference was to hold a national conference in Durban in March 1986 and with this in view it was decided to launch the National Education Crisis Committee (NECC) early in 1986. The meeting was supported by the UDF and Cosatu.

In March 1986 the NECC, which by that stage had representatives countrywide, held a congress in Durban to evaluate the progress the government had made with the demands made at the December 1985 conference. The most important decisions taken at this congress included:

  • A call to all students to celebrate May Day (Workers’ Day) in the most appropriate manner.
  • To expose, isolate and oppose Inkatha.
  • To declare 16 June a national youth day and to launch a national stay-away action for 16, 17, and 18 June.
  • To encourage all progressive teacher, parent and student bodies immediately to implement “people’s education”.
  • A call that all banned organisations (including the ANC) be unbanned and that all political prisoners be released.
  • A call on all communities and democratic organisations to launch campaigns at regional and national level to give appropriate support to all forms of rent, consumer and other boycotts.

Also, during this period, the Private Schools Act is made into law. This Act officially allows racially mixed private schools.


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