On 15 May 2012, the North Gauteng High Court heard an urgent application by SECTION27, Hanyani Thomo Secondary School and Tondani Lydia Masiphephethu relating to the failure by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Limpopo Department of Education (Department) to procure and deliver textbooks for the first half of the academic year. The applicants were represented by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS).

The applicants have requested an order directing the Department and the DBE to deliver textbooks to schools throughout Limpopo by no later than 31 May 2012 and to put in place a catch-up plan to ensure that the gaps in the learners’ syllabi arising from the lack of textbooks are closed as soon as possible through additional catch-up classes.

The judgement in this matter will be handed down by Judge Kollapen at 09h00 on 17 May 2012 in court 2D at the North Gauteng High Court.

Thereafter a joint press conference will be held by SECTION27 and the National Association of School Governing Bodies.

For more information please contact Nikki Stein on 011 356 4118 or stein@section27.org.za

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