Hoërskool Overvaal vs Gauteng Education court battle postponed

A school in Vereeniging is challenging a decision by the Gauteng education department which forces the school to accept an additional 55 English speaking pupils.

The Hoërskool Overvaal has approached the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday to an urgent interdiction against the department.

EWN reporter Barry Bateman says the school is arguing that it can only take Afrikaans speaking pupils, and it doesn't have the capacity to take an additional 55 pupils which the department has instructed it to enroll.

The school says it can only accommodate 40 pupils per classroom which means it can only take 840 pupils. At present the school has admitted 621 Afrikaans speaking pupils.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Bateman says the department says it has provided an English teacher and resources needed for the school to accommodate the 55 additional pupils.

However, the school says it wants to maintain having Afrikaans as its medium of instruction.

The department has been saying this is not a burden on the school and the governing body because they are going to provide the necessary personnel to facilitate the teaching of these particular children.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

The department has also been arguing that the school is using Afrikaans as a mechanism to exclude English speaking black learners to receive an education at this particular school.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Bateman reports that the matter has been postponed to Thursday to give the School Governing Body a chance to respond to some of the papers filed by the department.

To hear more of this court battle reported by EWN Barry Bateman, listen below:


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