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Department of Basic Education Ordered to Supply Furniture for Eastern Cape Schools by April 2017


Schools in the Eastern Cape have had severe furniture shortages for a number of years. On 26 January 2016, the High Court of Mthatha ordered the Department of Basic Education to supply all the furniture needed by April 2017.


This is the fourth court order directing the Department to provide this furniture. The Centre for Child Law, represented by the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), has engaged with the Department  on this matter since approximately 2012.


While the Department has made some progress in supplying furniture, many thousands of learners in the Eastern Cape continue to remain without desks or chairs. 


The LRC and CCL welcome the latest court order. It is hoped that this order will be complied with and that Eastern Cape learners’ right to a basic education in a properly equipped environment will be upheld.


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Court order

Read an article by the Center for Social and Economic Rights, New York.

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