Gauteng Education wins Concourt case on school submissions

The Constitutional Court has ruled in favour of the Gauteng Education Department regarding the school admissions regulations.

This matter started from the Supreme Court of Appeal decision last year, when the Federation of Governing Bodies of South Africa (Fedsas) lost the bid to control and manage school admissions policies.

Fedsas then took the matter to the Constitutional Court arguing that the department of education is removing power from the schools, which should be able to set their own processes.

Xolani Gwala spoke to EWN reporter, Thando Kubheka, who was in Court.

Fedsas wanted to have the powers to set admissions requirements and to choose whether they want to reject or accept children.

Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter

The Constitutional Court ruled that none of these regulations set by the department were unreasonable, unjustifiable or irrational.

Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter

In a Facebook comment after the ruling, Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi wrote: “We WON! Thanks ConCourt‚ today we finally broke the backbone of apartheid planning.”

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