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By unknown | Mar 30, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

The Mpumalanga education department will approach the Constitutional Court to appeal last week's Supreme Court of Appeal ruling that Hoërskool Ermelo remains an Afrikaans medium school.

The court ruled that the department's decision to suspend the powers of the school governing body to determine the language policy of the school be set aside.

It also set aside the department's decision to appoint an interim committee to look into the school's language policy.

Raymond Tywakadi, head of the provincial education department, said the department would oppose the ruling even if it meant going to the Constitutional Court.

"We are studying the judgment to find out how the ruling was made in the school's favour, and we will take it from there," said Tywakadi.

"This is a government school and we are responsible for it," he said.

A member of the Hoërskool Ermelo SGB, Johan Ernst, said: "We are happy and believe that the department will respect the legitimate and lawful right of the SGB to determine the language policy of the school."

The DA's spokesperson on education Anthony Benadie said the ruling was a victory for the mother tongue and the right of the school to use Afrikaans as a primary medium of instruction.

"We hope that this ruling will pave the way for a review of the process and accusations that led to the firing of the school's principal Koos Kruger," Benadie said.

Kruger was dismissed by the department last year after failing to obey the department's order to accommodate English-speaking pupils.


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