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Top court ruling a major win for Afrikaans

The University of SA's (Unisa) decision in 2016 to adopt a new language policy and discontinue Afrikaans as a language of learning and teaching contravened the Constitution, rendering the decision invalid, the Constitutional Court ruled yesterday.


UCT senate backs mandatory jabs

Plans to introduce mandatory Covid-19 vaccination among staff and students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) are one step closer after a resounding vote by the university’s senate.


Legal Aid wants pupil slapping charges reinstated

Legal Aid SA, which represented the mother of a former grade nine Sans Souci Girls’ High School pupil filmed being slapped by a teacher, claims that preparations to approach the Western Cape High Court are at an advanced stage.


Compulsory teacher vaccinations introduced

Private education provider Curro will require all staff to be vaccinated by the end of the year.


Students petition Unisa over missing certificates

Unisa students have launched an online petition demanding the institution gives them their certificates.


R663 000 to prosecute principal criticised

The legal bill of the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) against Heathfield High School principal Wesley Neumann has reached over R663 000, raising eyebrows about the department’s priorities.


Court rules boy’s education trumps eviction bid

A judge has shot down a company’s insistence that a family with a boy (16) in matric should be evicted from its farm now before the end of the school year.


Reinstating Afrikaans impractical, Unisa argues

Unisa has told the Constitutional Court of the range of impracticalities it would face if compelled to reinstate Afrikaans as a language of teaching and learning alongside English, according to a report in The Star.


NSFAS billions in irregular spending revealed

Amid demands for free higher education, which have led to protests, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has racked up R6.8bn in irregular expenditure, while auditors raised concerns about a further R50bn that was irregularly spent, but not disclosed.


Schoolboy’s expulsion set aside

The Eastern Cape High Court (Makhanda) has set aside the expulsion of a Grade 11 St Andrew’s College pupil who ‘lashed’ a fellow pupil with a broken golf putter so harshly on his buttocks that it caused blood blisters.


Matric dance excluded no-one on race grounds

An investigation into a matric farewell event organised for Brackenfell High School pupils has concluded that it was a private function and did not exclude anyone on the basis of race, notes a TimesLIVE report.


Expelled Rhodes student granted leave to appeal

Expelled Rhodes University student Yolanda Dyantyi has been granted leave to take her fight against her permanent exclusion all the way to the SCA.


EFF intervenes in student's failed bid to review life ban

The EFF made a call for intervention, to bring Rhodes University ‘to its senses’, in response to former student Yolanda Dyantyi being banned from the university for life, for a range of charges – including kidnapping, assault, defamation and insubordination.


Now Cosas wants to close private schools

The Congress of SA Students (Cosas) has threatened to shut down all private schools that remain open during the four-week Covid-19 break for public schools, arguing that having them open while public schools are closed is not fair.


Schools shutdown to 'pacify' unions to be tested

The government will be taken to court after accusations that it pacified unions by deciding to close all public schools for four weeks, less than a month after it won a legal challenge to its decision to reopen the country’s economy along with its schools.


Cabinet still mulling possible school shut-down

Six weeks after schools reopened, the Cabinet is again debating whether schools should remain open or close again ahead of the anticipated Covid-19 peak. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga met with the Cabinet yesterday to discuss proposals made by stakeholders in the education sector about schooling ahead of the peak.


School barred from excluding children over fees

A Durban school can no longer suspend pupils from virtual classes for defaulting on school fees. A consent order granted by the Durban High Court ordered the Durban North Primary School to refrain from contravening the Schools Act by excluding pupils from online lessons because their fees were in arrears.


SCA dismisses bid to strip principal’s powers

The school governing body (SGB) of Bloemfontein’s Grey College has been dealt a blow by the SCA, the latest instalment in its protracted power struggle with principal Deon Scheepers.


Why SCA disallowed ditching of Afrilkaans

The constitutional injunction that South Africans have the right to education in the language of their choice ‘where that education is reasonably practicable’, is what made the difference between this week’s SCA ruling that the removal of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at Unisa was unlawful and unconstitutional and previous rulings allowing the universities of Stellenbosch and the Free State to switch to tuition in English.


Pridwin rulings important, but not precedent setting

Last week’s Constitutional Court judgment in the Pridwin Preparatory School case took some 13 months to deliver. ‘When judgment day did finally arrive, what was handed down were two voluminous, and important judgments,’ says the anonymous legal expert, ‘Professor Balthazar’.





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