Pretoria high schools take GDE to court

Panyaza Lesufi.

Two Pretoria Afrikaans high schools’ court interdict to stop the Gauteng department of education from forcing them to take on English speaking learners was scrapped off the roll on Wednesday.

Hoërskool Montana and Hoërskool Overkruin served the department with a court interdict on Monday regarding MEC Panyaza Lesufi’s decision to put additional English speaking learners in their schools, and the case was heard on Wednesday in the Pretoria High Court.

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The schools argued in the court, the reason they were resisting the department’s instruction was because of a limited capacity to accommodate English speaking learners.

“The matter is not about language policy but a question of capacity,” legal counsel for the Hoërskool Montana and Hoërskool Overkruin argued in court.

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Gauteng Education spokesperson Oupa Bodibe said: “We’ve been engaging the schools to see if they can’t accommodate some of the learners that are actually living closer but are being excluded because the schools are either mostly Afrikaans or they have only one classroom teaching English.”

The department challenged the urgency of the matter saying the schools knew since July last year that the learners had to be accommodated, but did nothing about it until now.

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