Rivonia admissions judgment 'unfortunate'

2012-12-03 14:43

Classroom (Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Bloemfontein - Education advocacy group Equal Education (EE) hopes a recent Supreme Court of Appeal decision on school capacity will be overturned, it said on Monday.

The SCA found that the Gauteng government’s instruction to the Rivonia primary school to admit a pupil contrary to the school's admission policy and the admission of the child were unlawful.

The judgment overturned a high court decision which held that the overall authority to determine school capacity was that of provincial education departments.

EE, the Centre for Child Law and the Legal Resources Centre were amicus curiae - friends of the court - in the appeal case.

The SCA held that the governing body of a public school had the authority to decide capacity as part of its admissions policy under the SA Schools Act.

The finding was hailed as a victory for school governing bodies.

However, EE said it believed the governance of school admissions had to remain primarily in the public domain.

It could not be entirely in the hands of individual schools, which had a narrow interest.

EE felt the law had to and did support access to well-resourced public schools, while work continued to bring most other public schools to acceptable levels.

It felt the SCA erred in this respect of its findings.

The three advocacy groups indicated they would again support, as amicus curiae, a challenge in the Constitutional Court, if the Gauteng education department sought leave to appeal.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    equal education  |  johannesburg  |  education

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Scots beat Samoa, end Japan's dream
Woodcock's career ended by injury
Major Payne as Ireland lose star centre
As it happened: Samoa 33 Scotland 36
Traffic Alerts

The phrase for today is:”Out of the blue.” Expect the unexpected and work with the changeable energy. Your intuition is heightened...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.