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DBE ordered to address furniture crisis within 90 days

The lack of adequate age and grade appropriate furniture in public schools, particularly schools located in deep rural and impoverished areas… constitutes an ongoing violation of the right to basic education.” Judge Goosen.

The Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha High Court today ordered the Minister of Basic Education and the national and provincial Departments of Basic Education, to promptly address the furniture crisis plaguing Eastern Cape public schools within 90 days.

The court rejected the government’s budgetary defence that there were insufficient funds to provide every learner in the province with a desk and a chair and re-emphasised the immediate nature of the learners’ constitutional right to basic education. The court also rejected the government’s submissions that they could not budget until they were completely certain of the exact extent of the furniture needed...

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