The Gauteng Basic Education Department says it welcomes the Constitutional Court's decision to dismiss MEC Panyaza Lesufi's appeal against a North Gauteng High Court ruling into the Hoërskool Overvaal matter.
Lesufi had wanted the Afrikaans-medium school to accommodate 55 English-speaking students.
The apex Court has however found Lesufi did not give Overvaal enough consideration on whether neighbouring English schools had the capacity.
Spokesperson Steve Mabona says they will be going back to the drawing board to identify flaws in the department's administrative process.
We welcome the decision. The MEC has put an emphasis that we need to go back to our drawing board and make sure that the administrative glitches that we experienced as per the outcome, that we rectify that.— Steve Mabona, spokesperson for Gauteng Basic Education department
We went to Overvaal today in a reconciliatory mood. We had some intervention from the South African Council of Churches as well as other stakeholders.— Steve Mabona, spokesperson for Gauteng Basic Education department
The administrative glitch that we will be that of making sure that when you when you say you have capacity, how many learners are you supposed to be taking...so we have considered that probably district officials need to go back and make sure when we open next year we are not in the same situation.— Steve Mabona, spokesperson for Gauteng Basic Education department
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