30 new Gauteng schools in 2012

2011-12-10 12:01
Johannesburg - Thirty new schools will open in January to ease the pressure on existing schools, the Gauteng department of education said on Friday.

The department met school governing body (SGB) associations on Friday following a court ruling on school admissions, spokesperson Charles Phahlane said in a statement.

"The SGB formations raised a number of concerns relating to pressures for admissions to former Model C schools as well as the concerns relating to interactions between departmental officials and staff," he said.

Phahlane said the department was currently dealing with appeals from children who had not been able to find places in the schools of their choice.

It would deal with late registrations on January 3, he said.

On Wednesday, the South Gauteng High Court ruled that SGBs in Gauteng did not have unqualified power to determine admission policy at state schools.

It found that the provincial education department had the final say.

The Rivonia Primary School and its SGB took the Gauteng education department to court after it intervened when a child was refused entry to the predominantly white school, which has the lowest class numbers in its affluent area.

Phahlane said the court ruling did not change the current schools admissions process, which has been underway since August.
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