[lg policy] South Africa:

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 10 14:47:07 UTC 2013

Admission policy case to be
  The Constitutional Court will hear arguments on Thursday relating to the
admission policy of a former model C school.

According to Section27, Rivonia Primary School in Johannesburg refused to
admit a Grade One pupil in 2011, saying it had no space.

The education department intervened and instructed the school governing
body (SGB) to override its policy and admit the pupil. The dispute between
the department and the school centred around which of them had the final
say in determining a school's capacity.

The case was expected to determine who had the final say about how many
children were admitted to a school, in what language they were taught, and
who was excluded from a school on the basis of an SGB's admission and
language policies.

Section27 said the case would have an impact on another case regarding a
school in Fochville, on the West Rand.

Spokeswoman Nikki Stein said the organisation was representing 54 parents
against the SGB of Hoƫrskool Fochville, a public school that adopted an
Afrikaans language policy which excluded English-speaking pupils.

Fochville SGB's refusal to become a dual medium school was said to
discriminate against pupils on the grounds of their race.

The Fochville case would be heard in the High Court in Johannesburg.


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