15 November 2018

South Africa: Wider Net to Be Cast for Access to Public Schools

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The Gauteng Department of Education has published for public comment new feeder zones - a criteria that public schools use when determining whether to admit a pupil - that expands the existing 5km radius to 30km.

Schools are now open to those born in the wrong area, Panyaza Lefusi, Gauteng MEC of Education said while announcing the publication of the proposed regulations for public school admittance on Thursday.

The newly published feeder zones are seen as a radical shift in addressing the negative impact of apartheid spatial planning. In the past, well-resourced schools predominantly in the former white areas were only accessible to those who lived and worked in a 5km radius of those areas. The new feeder zones expand this to 30km and means that children from a greater area can apply to the schools and be admitted provided that there is space.

"You will see how we have broken the backbone of apartheid planning," continued Lefusi.

When former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke stepped down from the Constitutional Court on 20 May 2016, his last judgment was to direct Lefusi to redo old feeder...

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