LRC wants court to force department to pay money owed to schools

2014-05-29 16:00

The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) is dragging the department of basic education in the Eastern Cape to court, demanding that pupil and teacher support material money owed to two schools be paid.

LRC attorney Cameron McConnachie said the centre was representing the school governing bodies of the Maganise Junior Secondary School and the Nyangilizwe Senior School.

McConnachie said during the 2012-1213 financial year the department had allocated a pupil and teacher support material funds to all schools.

“Basically what they did is that they allocated a pupil and teacher support material budget to all schools. They promised the schools that they will get change if the budget was not exhausted. For the two applicant schools, this [change] amounts to more than R300 000. The money is desperately needed to purchase other material [on top of textbooks]”.

On behalf of the school governing bodies, McConnachie said the LRC is seeking:

» An order directing the department to reimburse the applicant schools, and all schools in the Eastern Cape, which would come forward to claim the difference between the budgeted amounts allocated to the schools for pupil and teacher support material for 2013 and 2014, and the value of the textbooks actually ordered and delivered.

» An order enabling the applicant schools and any other affected schools in the Eastern Cape to procure pupil and teacher support material, not limited to textbooks, to the full value of their approved school allocation.

The case, he said, would be heard at the high court in Grahamstown.

The department’s spokesperson in the province could not immediately be reached for comment.

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