Dept to challenge school admissions ruling

2013-01-09 20:44

Johannesburg - The Gauteng education department will bring a Constitutional Court challenge against a Supreme Court of Appeal decision in favour of Rivonia Primary School's governing body, it said on Wednesday. "We filed our intention to appeal just before Christmas in 2012 and we are waiting for a decision of the Constitutional Court," spokesperson Charles Phahlane said.

In 2010, the Gauteng education department forced the Rivonia Primary School's principal to accept a wait-listed Grade 1 pupil even though the school was full.

On November 30 last year, the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that the governing body of a public school, and not the provincial education authority, had the authority to determine the number of children the school may admit.

The court held that a provincial government had no authority to override a school's policy.

According to the judgment, the provincial government had made an issue of the fact that the school was located in an affluent, historically white suburb and had benefited from apartheid.

The court decided that the facts of the case showed these assertions were not relevant in deciding the issue.

  • timgaulza - 2013-01-09 21:09

    And more tax payer's money gets wasted on frivolous law suits whilst the poor matric results, lack of text books and pupils passing with 25% are ignored. This is Africa, after all - where certain individuals feel they need to make a personal crusade against the injustices of the past whilst ignoring the injustices they themselves are creating by ignoring the job for which they we appointed.

  • mario.dippenaar - 2013-01-09 21:48

    What if... what if we take the money that is being spent on suing the school... and build a school? =MINDBLOW

      mfelasakhe.mahlangu - 2013-01-09 22:09

      Who paid the legal fees for the school? Afriforum?

      jonivdw - 2013-01-09 22:21

      The Dept of Education had to pay all costs! What a waste!

      frederick.kaczynski - 2013-01-10 00:03

      No no Derp... that's waay too much logic for people who drive 900k beemers yet can't string a proper sentence together. #gravytrain

      jeeves.eddings - 2013-01-10 07:52

      Government! Y u no listen to Derp?

  • Alicia Ilana Abrahams - 2013-01-09 21:51

    ridiculous honestly... and that learner's parents was obviously connected.. exceptions should not be paid, Policy's are there for a reason. how can a Governing Body decide the schools limits? doesnt the structure, amount of enrollments and staff determine that.

  • ashleigh.ronaldon - 2013-01-09 21:52

    who is fighting who? at the end who wins

  • richman.ndou - 2013-01-09 22:01

    Stupid Court Challenge: schools must implement their policies and not be dictated by government willy-nilly

  • fred.warren.986 - 2013-01-10 04:09

    The Gauteng education department will stop at nothing until they destroy all schools in "affluent" areas. If they override a schools admission policy, the school will be flooded with poor children whose parents can't pay school fees. The increased demands on the school's limited resources will result in the quality of education dropping. Wealthy parents will pull their kids out and put them in better schools. This in turn will result in less revenue for the school. This will continue until all the kids whose parents pay school fees have left. The school will then be indistinguishable from just any other poor township school which is under resourced and overcrowded. The wealthier kids will all be in private schools and a huge amount of money and scare teachers will be lost in the process. The education department is well aware of this, but will continue away due to political pressure. I have only one thing to say to the education department: go *uck yourselves!

      brigitte.bell.33 - 2013-01-10 07:53

      I'm convinced that the ed dept's plan is to pull all good school down to level the so-called playing fields. If we have a bunch of poorly educated people, they will be far more susceptible to mind control and manipulation by the govt...+ happy govt.

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2013-01-10 06:09

    Post 94, the government should have improved the sate of school in the townships in par with schools like Rivonia and other Model C, I now see the opposite, if that wa the case black parents would not be spending a lot of money transporting their children to better schools. Now they are loosing it..

  • nicola.killops - 2013-01-10 06:44

    Our gr 1 classes are already sitting at 35, with parents still queuing to enroll. It is so unfair on those little ones. How does 1 person teach 40 six year olds to read and write. Its not like the old days where children sat quietly and the teachers would 'talk and chalk'. Children have changed and learning styles have changed. You have to engage personally with each child to hold their attention. If you want better ANA results and matric results, this is where you start.

  • moi.carla.1980 - 2013-01-10 09:47

    Surely they should realise that the limit is in the best interests of the children?

  • MJS1234 - 2013-01-10 11:50

    What a waste of precious resources. Leave the functioning, well run schools alone and PLEASE, help improve the schools that are struggling!

  • werner.luitingh - 2013-01-10 12:18

    to the previously disadvantaged (with reference to sub sahara), whom does not have the self respect to improve oneself. with my dealings in multiple third world countries mainly situated in africa (sub sahara) and indo-china. i have noticed the following trend, previously mentioned regions suffered the same fate; colonialism, civil unrest, and war. the regions in africa has generally more natural resources than the asian counterparts. logic will dictate that the african countries should flourish relative to asia. in reality that is not the case,there are multiple reasons first and foremost the asians has self respect to improve themselves thus the labour of the fruit is singapore, china, bangkok,hong kong, soon to replace the western society. by virtue of having an alphabet for longer than 500 years, perhaps?

      msophiasharp - 2013-01-10 13:46

      And less children per family (of female).... Birth Control

  • elke.wimbert - 2013-01-10 16:18

    to the parent who kicked this entire saga off... shame on you! unless you can proof you live in the area and were amongst the first 50 to enroll for admission. Use your connections to have a new school build.

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