[lg policy] South Africa: Fedsa vs Lesufi over schools language policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Wed May 27 14:23:21 UTC 2015

 Fedsa vs Lesufi over schools language policy
 Batlile Phaladi
 [image: MEC of Education in Gauteng Panyaza Lesufi. (Photo: GCIS)]
 MEC of Education in Gauteng Panyaza Lesufi. (Photo: GCIS)
 The Afrikaans parents and the Gauteng Education Department are in court
today battling over the department’s decision to convert single Medium
Afrikaans schools to parallel.

Fedsa made an urgent application last week to stop Gauteng education MEC
Panyanza Lesufi from “Interfering with schools’ language policy”. The
application was made after the education department announced that 124
Afrikaans schools would be converted to parallel medium schools.

The department justified the move, saying it was due to the increasing
demand for space in Gauteng schools.

However, Fedsa chief executive says the increase in demand for schools on
one hand and capacity in the form of available space at all in the province
could not have been quantified before the admission process has been
finalised and empirical data obtained.

The case is still underway.


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