Following weeks of protest outside the Hoërskool Overvaal surrounding the exclusion of 55 non-Afrikaans speaking students, the Gauteng Education Department has argued the original High Court ruling made incorrect findings.
Before the start of the school year, the Gauteng High Court ruled in favour of the predominantly Afrikaans high school stating it should not have to accommodate an extra 55 students which the department was trying to allocate in line with its more inclusive schooling policy.
The court ruled that the high school was filled to capacity, a fact which Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi and his team will be busy debating going forward.
This is among the arguments submitted on Monday in the department’s application for leave to appeal the order which was handed down in Pretoria last month.
The department has taken its appeal directly to the Constitutional Court.
The violence which erupted caused a great security risk for the pupils attending the school and placed both parents and authorities on high alert.
Protests were led by contingents of the EFF who say that English speaking children should not be subjected to the discrimination being offered by Afrikaans schools who wish to remain, in their view, exclusivist.
The debate has reignited the language debate which fervently gripped higher education institutions in the past and has promised to be ever-present as agency groups have called for constructive educational reform at all levels.
For the time being Hoërskool Overvaal has two weeks to respond to the department’s appeal process.