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WC High Court rules in favour of Motshekga

This was a David versus Goliath case, involving a small grouping of school principals who took on government.

FILE: Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - An association of school principals has failed to convince the Western Cape High court that South African children are being denied their constitutional right to basic education, because of dysfunction in the majority of public schools.

The Progressive Principals Association has lost its case against Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

It wanted the court to grant supervision orders that would address the department's alleged systematic failure to deliver the right to basic education, either adequately or at all.

This was a David versus Goliath case, involving a little known grouping of school principals in the Western Cape who took on government.

Today the court ruled in the Basic Education Minister's favour.

Attorney for the Progressive Principals Association, Jonathan Mort says he will study the lengthy judgment before deciding on a way forward.

"It is highly probable that the matter will now proceed on appeal."

The association had argued in court that the department was failing to consistently equip the majority of pupils in public schools with sufficient numeracy and literacy skills, deliver textbooks and teaching material on time and provide teachers with adequate skills and training.