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PPA awaiting government response

The group has filed court papers against the basic education minister.

FILE: The Progressive Principals’ Association (PPA) says it can only now wait before planning its next move after taking government to court. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Progressive Principals' Association (PPA), which has filed court papers against the basic education minister, says it can only now wait before planning its next move.

The group has gone to court in an effort to get a report from government on how it plans to address failures in education.

This regards townships schools and pupils, who the association believes are not functionally literate and are not emerging from the system.

Members of the association met on Saturday for their annual general meeting.

The association's Achmat Chothia says, "Now that we have the new official, we will now be waiting for a response from the respondents to say whether they're going to meet with us or whether they are going to take the case to court."

In the legal papers the association says government has failed to provide the majority of pupils in public schools with sufficient literacy and numeracy skills, among other things.

The group has accused officials of failing to take reasonable steps to equip all teachers with adequate skills and curb absenteeism.

National and provincial education departments have been cited as respondents in the matter.

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