Education dept wants review of ruling

2012-05-29 10:54
Johannesburg - The department of higher education plans to ask the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to review its decision to compel the department to deliver monthly status reports on its turnaround strategy in Limpopo, as it could set a worrying precedent, Business Day reported on Tuesday.

The concern was that having a government department report to a non-governmental organisation on its policy decisions could be problematic in the long term as oversight was already being provided by Parliament.

Judge Jody Kollapen ruled earlier in May that the department's failure to provide textbooks was unlawful. He ordered that textbooks be delivered by June 15, and a catch up plan be lodged with the court.

He also ordered that monthly status reports on the catch-up plan be made available to the court and the applicants - represented by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies - to measure compliance.

Education spokesperson Panyazi Lesufi said the department had no intention of challenging the order that textbooks be delivered and a catch up plan be implemented.

He said the department was "on course" to meet deadlines, saying deliveries of textbooks to affected schools had already begun and more than R250m in orders had been placed with publishers.

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