[lg policy] Motshekga says she has discouraged Dept’s move to appeal Overvaal ruling

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Mon Jan 29 10:12:12 EST 2018


Motshekga says she has discouraged Dept’s move to appeal Overvaal ruling

The High Court ruled that the school didn’t have space to admit 55
English-speaking pupils and that changing the school’s language policy was
not lawful.
[image: Education Minister Angie Motshekga is briefing the media on
developments in the education sector. Picture: Hitekani Magwedze/EWN]
Education Minister Angie Motshekga is briefing the media on developments in
the education sector. Picture: Hitekani Magwedze/EWN

   - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi
   <http://ewn.co.za/Topic/Gauteng-Education-MEC-Panyaza-Lesufi>
   - Basic Education <http://ewn.co.za/Topic/Basic-Education>

Hitekani Magwedze <http://ewn.co.za/Contributors/hitekani-magwedze> | a day
ago

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says she has
discouraged the Gauteng Education Department’s move to appeal the Hoërskool
Overvaal High Court judgement.

The High Court ruled that the school didn’t have space to admit 55
English-speaking pupils and that changing the school’s language policy was
not lawful.

The judgement was followed by multiple protests by political parties
<http://ewn.co.za/2018/01/25/sadtu-set-to-march-on-hoerskool-overvaal> and
community members.

*WATCH: #HoerskoolOvervaal: ‘Die and go back to Holland’*

Gauteng Education Mec Panyaza Lesufi says he believes Judge Prinsloo was
biased
<http://ewn.co.za/2018/01/15/gauteng-edu-dept-to-appeal-ruling-in-hoerskool-overvaal-case>
in his judgment on Hoërskool Overvaal.

However, Motshekga says the judge’s ruling focused on issues of
administration and that’s what everyone should focus on.

“He’s not raising the issue that English-speaking children can’t attend
Afrikaans school or policy issues. The judge is raising administrative
errors… let’s deal with them and see if we can address them.”

The Hoërskool Overvaal matter brought into question the relevance of the
Afrikaans language in the education system, Motshekga says this is a
well-developed language that needs to be preserved.

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
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