Realising the Right to Education in Uganda

On the 23rd and 24th of May last week, the Legal Resources Centre, hosted by the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), conducted a workshop in Kampala, Uganda, on litigating on the right to education. This was the LRC’s third visit to Kampala after our collaborative relationship with ISER started in 2015. Each time,…

“How Can We Learn Without Books?”

The State’s Failure to Deliver Textbooks and the Learners who Suffer the Consequences Learning and Teaching Support Material, or LTSM, is essential for providing quality education to learners. LTSM includes textbooks, stationery, workbooks, dictionaries and readers. These materials are needed for every facet of learning – from class work to home work. Despite the importance…

Muddled Messages: Immigration Laws Contradict Constitutional Right to Education

South Africa, in recent years, has witnessed seemingly inexplicable, reoccurring outbursts of xenophobia. Once more, the extent of this scourge was brought to the fore when a well-known public school in Johannesburg circulated, then later withdrew, a blatantly xenophobic letter warning foreign national parents without verified documents that they would be handed over to the…

UPDATE: EduRights Resources

We’ve added a new resource to our EduRights Resources page. It is a report by the Open Society Justice Initiative, comparing the impact of strategic litigation in education in three countries: Brazil, India and South Africa.

UPDATE: EduRights Resources

We’ve updated the EduRights Resources tab with some new reports – we’ve added one large handbook on the right to basic education in South Africa, and two smaller reports on infrastructure in schools. Take a look!

Submissions to the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training

In the face of the Fees Must Fall movement and mounting public pressure, President Zuma appointed a commission of inquiry to investigate the feasibility of making higher education fee-free in South Africa. Towards the end of 2016, the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training (the Fees Commission) heard from stakeholders and received written…

Scholar Transport: Fundamental to Fulfilling the Right to Basic Education

The Eastern Cape is a province in South Africa which is at the centre of much publicised litigation concerning the right to basic education set out in Section 29(1)(a) of the Constitution, and what fulfillment of that right entails. In a precedent-setting case in the Grahamstown High Court in 2015, the Legal Resources Centre (LRC),…

Furniture Required by 1 April 2017

In 2014, the LRC brought a case, Madzodzo v Minister for Basic Education¸ before the High Court in Mthatha, which required the Eastern Cape Department of Education to conduct a furniture audit of all schools in the Eastern Cape. The Madodzo judgment held that the right to basic education was infringed where basic school furniture…

When education funding relies on ID documents

The LRC are in the process of building a case to challenge the Eastern Cape Department of Education’s policy of only considering the number of children with identification numbers at a school when deciding how much funding to give. This leads to schools which have many children without ID being significantly underfunded. Phakamisa Senior Secondary…