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Raking through Vuwani schools ashes

The Vuwani area resembles a ghost town, filled with scenes of textbook graveyards, charred walls and the remaining skeletons of furniture that once was. Basic Education for All (BEFA) and Section27 visited 22 out of 24 schools damaged or destroyed…

SECTION27 Welcomes Motshekga’s comments

Statement: SECTION27 welcomes Minister Motshekga’s forthright comments 25 January 2016, Johannesburg – On 24 January 2016, the City Press reported that the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga recognised the catastrophic state of basic education at an education lekgotla, and…

Textbook provision for SA learners

Textbook Provision for Learners in South Africa: Supreme Court of Appeal Judgment in the BEFA Case This article first appeared on the Oxford Human Rights Hub.  Faranaaz Veriava In December 2015, the South African Supreme Court of Appeal (“SCA”) in…

SCA rules that #TextbooksMatter

STATEMENT: The Supreme Court of Appeal rules that #TextbooksMatter Johannesburg, 2 December 2015 – This morning (Tuesday 2 December 2015) a full bench of the Supreme Court of Appeal delivered a beautiful, globally significant judgment.

The Textbooks Case

In April 2014, SECTION27, representing Basic Education for All (BEFA) made an application to the High Court in Pretoria to force the State to deliver outstanding textbooks to schools in Limpopo. At the time, the Limpopo Department of Education short-delivered…