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Makhura calls on SGBs to work with Education Dept

This comes as the ConCourt ruled in favour of the dept over learner admissions policies.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura says the Constitutional Court's decision on the learner admissions regulations will have far reaching implications for transformation and access to education in the province.

Last week, the court ruled in the education department's favour, in a matter with the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (Fedsas), ending a five-year dispute.

Fedsas argued the current regulations removed power from schools which should be able set their own systems.

The premier says the judgment is imperative for the department to reach its goal of spatial transformation because pupils' proximity to the school is no longer the main criteria.

Spokesperson Pumla Sekhonyane says the premier has called on governing bodies to work with the department.

"The government has prioritised what we call spatial transformation. This relates to the way in which space was organised in the old times in the province."