Pupil takes Motshekga to court

By Drum Digital
18 June 2013

A grade 11 pupil from the EC took Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga Court over conditions at her school, Equal Education (EE).

Palesa Manyokole, a student from Moshesh Senior Secondary School wants the court to act against those responsible for standards at her school.

"Equal Education visited the school to assess the situation, and found several problems at the school which were seriously hampering learner progress."

Some of the problems the learner have to endure include absenteeism of the principal, the principal's unlawful expulsion of pupils, teacher absenteeism and lateness, a shortage of qualified teachers, and no curriculum planning.

"Learners from the school first wrote to Equal Education in 2012 to ask for the organisation's assistance," said E.E in a statement.

The matter was postponed to October 22.

Manyokole's application was against Motshekga, the Eastern Cape education MEC, the school principal, and the school governing body.

Basic education spokesman Panyaza Lesufi speaking to Sapa said if the department received a notice it would appear in court.

"We believe this case is part of the gimmick of the EE to embarrass the department," he said.

"The department already opened 22 schools in the Eastern Cape and plans to open more to eradicate the bad conditions in schools. EE are misleading and using children to fight their issues."

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