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ConCourt to rule on powers of school governing bodies in admission policies

The Federation of Governing Bodies of SA (Fedsas) will appeal a court judgement which ruled in favour of the Gauteng Education Department over amendments to school admissions laws.

Fedsas will have the matter heard in the Constitutional Court after the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that school governing bodies (SGBs) do not have absolute authority when it comes to admission policies and the contentious feeder zones.

Fedsas CEO Paul Colditz says that the Constitution provides for SGBs and the education department to govern schools cooperatively.

According to Colditz, school feeder zones are limited to a five kilometre radius, which is in conflict with national policy.

The national policy determines that the head of the department must can determine the feeder zones of schools after consultation with SGBs.

Paul Colditz, CEO of Fedsas

He says school integration is restricted by the limitations of the school feeder zones.

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