Port Elizabeth – Equal Education (EE) has approached the Eastern Cape High Court in Bhisho to force the government to provide equal infrastructure at all schools, according to a report on Thursday.
“The papers seek an order compelling Minister Motshekga to prescribe minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure. This is the most far-reaching court case about the right to basic education to have been launched in democratic South Africa,” the non-governmental organisation’s Doron Isaacs told the newspaper.
He said the proper standards would force schools to spend their budget, avoiding the massive under-spending by provinces like Eastern Cape.
The court papers do not prescribe what minimum standards should be implemented; this would be the minister’s prerogative.
Her spokesperson Hope Mokgathle was quoted as saying the department was still studying the papers and could therefore not comment.