Education dept violated rights - judge

2012-05-17 12:36

Pretoria - The basic education department's failure to provide textbooks for several Limpopo schools was unlawful and violated the Constitution, the North Gauteng High Court ruled on Thursday.

Passing judgment on the application brought by rights organisation Section 27, Judge Jody Kollapen ruled the matter was urgent.

He ordered the department devise a catch-up plan to remedy the consequences of its delay in supplying teaching material.

Kollapen also ordered the department to supply the affected Limpopo schools with textbooks from March 31 to June 15.

The judge's ruling was received with spirited singing and dancing outside the court by members of Section 27 and the National Association of School Governing Bodies (NASGB).

"This was a watershed ruling. The court's ruling will not only have implications for Limpopo, but other provinces will learn from it as well," Section 27 director Mark Heywood said outside the court.

NASGB secretary general Matakanye Matakanye said: "Justice has been done to the poorest of the poor today. We will be monitoring the implementation of the catch-up plan. There is no going back."

  • Peter-Peter - 2012-05-17 12:39

    HAHAHAHA...they speak as if the government gives a horse **** about the constitution...what a laugh.................neeeeeext

      E=MC2 - 2012-05-17 13:25

      its all smoke & mirrors making it look like the government gives a damn... nothing will come of this, as usual.

      Alan - 2012-05-17 13:27

      The Govt. must appeal!!!!

  • Alan - 2012-05-17 12:54

    And look at Juju - he hails from Zimpopo. It just shows how desperate Zimpopo is for some quality education. But let's face it - the ANC has never given a toss about educating the people - keep them down, and the votes are cheap to buy. It's a tradgedy - so many people in this country WANT to get educated, but the inefficiency and non-caring attitude of the authorities has dire implications for the rest of those pupil's lives.

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-17 13:27

      Viva socialists

  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-17 12:55

    It sounds like they talking about the old apparteid era. ANC VIVA ANC

      Alan - 2012-05-17 13:58

      They overtook the gNats years ago - they are more like Zanu PF

  • Sharon - 2012-05-17 13:00

    Wel done, Section 27! It seems government only tends to act for the citizens when someone is sitting on their back swinging a crop... They forget that they serve the people!!!

      Alan - 2012-05-17 13:12

      They serve the people? Umm - I think Self Service is the new buzzword in ANC circles....

  • koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-17 13:00

    They need yo keep the sheeple uneducated.

      Alan - 2012-05-17 13:18

      Beeeee Beeeeee oops I mean Baaa Baaa

  • Chuck - 2012-05-17 13:04

    My wife has just graduated at the top of her class as one of the top educators in SA and has decided to continue teaching in the public sector and guess what? Also no pay, forfeited her 13th cheque, housing subsidy and medical benefits because of the incompetence of these morons. They want education to thrive but do not support such statements with their actions. Our public education system is doomed to fail as the good teachers are simply leaving to teach in the private education system where things are run professionally.

      Alan - 2012-05-17 13:16

      And how can you possible build the country and give the population a future withour education???? Day1 after Apartheid, Education should have been top priority!! The Govt. has failed miserably on education, and are sitting on a time-bomb. If Govt. had acted properly, we would already have started reaping the benefits of education with our upcoming generation of young adults. But eish - rather we overpopulate schools without teachers, OBE, no materials etc etc. and then we adjust the results of exams to make us look a little less incompetent.

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-17 13:17

      I would like to see the governments BBBEE STATUS.

      Alan - 2012-05-17 13:20

      BBBEE = Big Bags of Boodle Easily Earned

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-17 13:23


  • Phillys - 2012-05-17 13:18

    how screwed up is the ANC?? hows this: all this anc and commie pond scum shouting for Helen Zille's resignation because she partook in a LEGAL march to Cosatu's 50 million rand mansion to protest these scumbags stonewalling the youth wage subsidy, meantime not a peep from the useless and corrupt Cassell the goat-breath and his thugs in Limpopo about denying the poorest people the right to education in his province!!!! also note, none of the ANC trolls that blather on constantly on this site have anything to say about the abuse of our most fundamental rights!! what a disgusting bunch of hypocrites!!!

  • Merven - 2012-05-17 13:19

    'He ordered the department devise a catch-up plan to remedy the consequences of its delay in supplying teaching material. ' In the fifth month of the year? These poor kids are already screwed.

      Alan - 2012-05-17 13:36

      Maybe they will consider an Outcomes Based plan?

  • hlongwanech - 2012-05-17 13:21

    they have disbanded the warehouses and award a tender to edu solution where the founders are the ANC top executives at some schools they have delivered ndebele instead of sepedi and this is just the begining .

      Alan - 2012-05-17 13:24

      Problem is the Zimpopo Tender King is having a little difficulty with his employers and SARS at the moment, and has not had time to concentrate on Zimpopo issues lately.

  • Christopher - 2012-05-17 13:29

    Why did it have to go to a judge to tell the education dept. that they are useless? Did the education dept. think they were not and so we went to court about it??? mind boggles

      Erna - 2012-05-17 13:52

      Till there is a strong opposition the ANC will just carry on regardless. They have no shame.

      Alan - 2012-05-17 13:59

      Well - the ANC's support is at it's lowest ever level .. so there is hope.

      Alan - 2012-05-17 14:22

      tch tch - comment deleted about Dept Ed-ewe-cay-shin and Pta East High school. Truth hurts.

  • Johan - 2012-05-17 13:44

    ANC can't deliver without the courts. Election time they parade how they deliver(not forced to). Sad thing the parents of these children will again vote for them. Mission successful! Keep them uneducated and they will be loyal

  • herman.brummer - 2012-05-17 15:16

    Another ANC stuff up

  • Rob - 2012-05-17 17:27

    'Apartheid' - thats why the learning material has not been delivered! Another attempt to 'keep the black man down'...... Deny him an Education.

  • Bibi - 2012-05-17 18:16


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