Question NW655 to the Minister of Basic Education

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09 April 2019 - NW655

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Alberts, Adv A to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)Whether, with regard to the Gauteng Education Department's regulations that learners may apply for admission at any school in the province, irrespective of the feeder area in which the learner resides, she could indicate whether the specified regulations are compatible with the (a) South African Schools Act, Act 84 of 1996, and (b) court rulings that a single-medium school that is full may not be forced to take in learners; if not, what steps will she take to stop the implementation of the regulations; if so, what are the full relevant details; (2) given the change regarding the language demographics of single-medium schools to English when learners who speak different languages are taken in, what will she do to protect single-medium schools in Gauteng and also nationwide, especially, given the fact that not all learners are fluent in English or have full command of the language at all?

Reply:

The information has been requested from the Gauteng Education Department and will be provided as soon as it is received.

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