Education department taken to court

2012-06-04 14:21

Johannesburg - The department of basic education has been taken to court to compel it to allocate teachers to schools and pupils to teachers in the Eastern Cape.

The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) said on Monday it filed an application against the department in the Eastern Cape High Court in Grahamstown last week.

The LRC was acting on behalf of the Centre for Child Law (CCL), four school governing bodies in the Eastern Cape and the Bethelsdorp school governing body unit, representing 17 schools in Port Elizabeth.

The application sought the same process for 2013, known as post provisioning, to be declared by September 30 and completed by December 30, said CCL director Ann Skelton, in court papers.

"The EC department’s failure to implement the 2012 post provisioning has led to many schools being placed in a situation of crisis and financial peril," she said.

This was the third application filed this year by the LRC against the department over education in the Eastern Cape.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga was urged to sit down and speak to NGOs litigating against the department so pupil's rights to an education were met, said LRC director Sarah Sephton.

"Meaningful conversation could lead to all the parties working together rather than fighting for basic rights in the courts."

  • farmfreund - 2012-06-04 14:44

    It is a shame that one needs to force our ministers by court to do their jobs a disgrace, SA could be an industrialised country long ago manufacturing and exporting but NO lets keep the people behind so they can vote, i spit on you ANC for letting your own people down

      NrGx - 2012-06-04 15:47

      Agreed! - in 20 years, SA has gone from being one of THE BEST educational countries in the world, to being in the top 10 WORST in the world.

      Godfrey - 2012-06-04 16:00

      @farmfreund...You have all the right to "spit on you ANC" for failling the children. Yet come June 16 they will make big statements again about free education which will never materialize whilst the caders enjoy themselves.

  • Loo - 2012-06-04 14:48

    And I thought the idea of education was to have teachers in schools by default

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-04 16:07

      Welcome to the new bureaucracy - nothing happens without a court order

  • Deon - 2012-06-04 14:57

    No wonder some pupils don't want to stay in the EC for too long.

  • anthro45 - 2012-06-04 15:33

    Eastern Cape, the rotten apple of South Africa. Angie Motshegka, the rotten apple of education.

  • NrGx - 2012-06-04 15:40

    I would love to know the educational qualifications of Angie. All is a mess in her department, and she STILL thinks it is doing well. In fact it doesnt take a rocket scientist to admit wrong doing. But then again, its apartheids fault...RIGHT?

  • Eduard Bloem - 2012-06-04 15:41

    the education department gives away bursaries through fundza lushaka and is then suppose to place the new teachers, yet they do not. so until the department comes right and actually places new teachers who has the fundza bursary in schools where they are needed, they will keep struggling.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-04 15:59

    Well said Loo.

  • dianne.b.hartley - 2012-06-04 16:42

    The DoE is a blady joke. I thought education was a fundamental right. At the end of the year they pat themselves on the back for the matric pass rate while the rest of South Africa laughs at them. Clowns!

  • anthro45 - 2012-06-04 16:51

    One would think that, with all her money, Angie could have done something about her teeth by now.

  • braamc - 2012-06-04 16:55

    You actually don't get a bunch of bigger incompetent thieving politicians than the ANC

  • Ditoa-re - 2012-06-04 17:21

    North west must also be taken to court, for two months trying to register a course that run for a period of 10 weeks, results are pending the whole term, how do you register the next term if your previous results you don't know whether you passed or failed?

  • merushan - 2012-06-04 17:21

    Keep th youth stupid and they will vote ANC, the ANC know what they up to, bastards

      Martin - 2012-06-04 18:17

      Why must the goverment be taken to court to force them to do what we pay taxes for?how incompetent is the anc goverment?why do we still pay taxes on everything when the job they supposed to do,isn't getting done?is there any goverment department that's actually functioning and doing what they should be doing?

  • mzuvukile.mbanjana - 2012-06-04 19:50

    Well done! The Eastern Cape department of education in collaboration with National Department of Basic education are a disgrace. The Minister of Basic education and the MEC for education in Eastern Cape, should be charged of violating the right to education of the Children of this province .Some children of this province have not been taught for close to 6 months and yet at the end of the year, the department will expect those kids to be promoted to the next grades. I'm sick and tired of what is happening in the Eastern Cape educatio.

  • siphiwom - 2012-06-05 22:05

    the previous hated Mr Fix It has left the department and still having the same problem.

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