SAHRC concerned about lack of space for learners at schools

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is concerned about the lack of space for learners in Gauteng and Western Cape schools‚ which has received widespread media coverage.

“Children have a constitutional right to basic education. Our constitutional commitment to the right to education is the recognition that education is a fundamental and facilitative right‚ which must be fulfilled in order for other rights in the Bill of Rights to ultimately be enjoyed‚” said Advocate André Gaum‚ Human Rights Commissioner assigned to the portfolio on Basic Education.

On Wednesday‚ 35‚800 learners had not yet been placed in Gauteng‚ while 17‚500 had not been placed in the Western Cape.

The commission called on provincial education MECs to ensure that learners were immediately allocated space in schools. It added that it would monitor the situation and would remain in contact with the relevant education authorities to find out about their plans to ensure that learners were placed in schools for the 2017 academic year.