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‘Gov failing in education’

A lobby group has taken the govt to court for allegedly failing to uphold the right to education.

FILE: A lobby group has taken the government to court since Monday for allegedly failing to deliver.  Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Some of the well-publicised problems plaguing South Africa's education system have come under scrutiny in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

The 2012 Limpopo textbook fiasco is one of the four issues mentioned by the applicant's council, Advocate Paul Hoffman.

The Progressive Principals Association and an education activist have taken government to court for what they say is a failure to uphold the Constitutional right to education in arguably 80 percent of public schools.

The applicants used surveys and annual national assessment results to highlight deficiencies in the education system.

According to legal papers, government's failure to ensure the timely delivery of textbooks in the correct quantities and in the correct languages remains a major problem.

Hoffman has been trying to convince Judge Nathan Erasmus that government is failing South Africa's children.

The case started on Monday in the Cape Town court.