Eastern Cape schools set for revamp


Basic education and Eastern Cape education departments have been tasked with producing an updated list of public schools with inappropriate structures within 45 days. This ruling was made by an Eastern Cape High Court on Thursday.  The list is to be published on both the national and provincial education departments' websites. With the list, said the High Court ruling, should come comprehensive plans detailing what infrastructure every school on the lists would receive, along with timeframes. Schools with inappropriate structures included mud schools. The Centre for Child Law and five schools took both departments to court to force them to identify all such schools. They also wanted rebuilding timetable. Each school was given a minimum of 30 days to explain to the basic education department why their schools should be categorised as "mud schools" or "inappropriate structures", in order to be included on the new lists. The provincial department had to publish the detailed criteria that would be used to assess schools' infrastructure. This criteria would be used to determine whether the schools needed to be replaced, renovated, given temporary classrooms, or closed.


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