Education: NGO takes ministers to court

2012-03-08 14:30
Port Elizabeth - Equal Education (EE) has approached the Eastern Cape High Court in Bhisho to force the government to provide equal infrastructure at all schools, according to a report on Thursday.

The Cape Times reported the non-governmental organisation filed papers on Wednesday against Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and all education MECs.

"The papers seek an order compelling Minister Motshekga to prescribe minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure. This is the most far-reaching court case about the right to basic education to have been launched in democratic South Africa," the non-governmental organisation's Doron Isaacs told the newspaper.

He said the proper standards would force schools to spend their budget, avoiding the massive under-spending by provinces like Eastern Cape.

The court papers do not prescribe what minimum standards should be implemented; this would be the minister's prerogative.

Her spokesperson Hope Mokgathle was quoted as saying the department was still studying the papers and could therefore not comment.

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