Uitsig High School must be reopened - for now, High Court declares

The Western Cape High Court has now ordered that Uitsig High School in Ravensmead remain open pending a Supreme Court of Appeal decision on the school's future.

The court had initially agreed with the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) that the school should be closed.

The school governing body of Uitsig High School then approached the Supreme Court to appeal court matter.

The high school was declared unsafe by the WCED almost two years ago, and the High Court last year upheld the department's move.

Education activist Lionel Adriaan says the WCED is to blame for the vandalism and deteriorated state of the school.

Adriaan argues that the court order is a victory for the community and says the department has the duty to improve conditions at the school.

At 2:15pm the decision by the MEC to close Uitsig was suspended pending the outcome of the SGB application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Lionel Adriaan, education activist and retired teacher

I was overwhelmed when I heard this.

Lionel Adriaan, education activist and retired teacher

I blame the department fully for what has happened at Uitsig High.

Lionel Adriaan, education activist and retired teacher

Meanwhile, parents and some learners who insist on being taught there have vowed to show up at the school every day.

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