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Media alert: Equal Education to picket outside the Western Cape High Court as we return to court to ensure the placement of all out-of-school learners in the Western Cape 

29 April 2024

Media alert: Equal Education to picket outside the Western Cape High Court as we return to court to ensure the placement of all out-of-school learners in the Western Cape 

#SofundaSonke

Today, Equal Education (EE) members will picket outside of the Western Cape High Court as we return to court to ensure the immediate placement of all unplaced learners in the Western Cape’s Metro East Education District. 

“The learner is still sitting at home and has not yet seen the inside of a classroom this year. All I can do now is wait at home for the principal to contact me to tell me my child can start school. I am concerned about this because all I have is the word of the principal, no placement letter was provided. The principal also did not say anything about a catch-up plan for the learner when he finally gets to go to school.” – Fourth applicant

On Friday 26 April, EE alongside five parents represented by the Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) were in urgent court seeking the immediate placement of all unplaced learners in the Western Cape. While we have faced various hurdles, we trust that the High Court, as the upper guardian of every child in South Africa, will protect the rights of children who remain unplaced without access to basic education or remedial support while awaiting placement. We are hopeful that it will recognise that children remaining without a school, four months into the 2024 academic year, is an urgent matter.

Our decision to litigate follows a lengthy series of attempts to engage the Western Cape Government on placing out-of-school learners. Our attempts have been met with indifferent responses followed by “legal gymnastics” and stalingrad litigation tactics which were detailed in media statements released on 24 April followed by 26 April

Today we are in court on the unopposed urgent roll to ensure that the Western Cape Government provides unplaced learners with access to school, that it puts remedial catch-up plans in place for these learners and that it provides a detailed report on why learners are continuously robbed of critical learning time as well as how the admissions crisis can be sufficiently dealt with in future. EE and the EELC will remain resolute in ensuring the placement of all learners. Sofunda sonke – no learner should be left behind!

When: Monday 29 April 2024 

Time: 9:30am 

Where: Western Cape High Court, Keerom Street, Cape Town

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To arrange a media interview, contact: 

Sesethu August (Equal Education Communications Officer) sesethu@equaleducation.org.za 

WhatsApp: 083 890 8723

Call: 063 221 7983

Leanne Jansen-ThomasMedia alert: Equal Education to picket outside the Western Cape High Court as we return to court to ensure the placement of all out-of-school learners in the Western Cape