Gauteng School Feeder Zone Breakthrough - Spatial Justice and Access to Education

Gauteng School Feeder Zone Breakthrough - Spatial Justice and Access to Education

Our partners at the Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) do amazing work through movement lawyering, where they are able to provide legal support for campaigns led around the country by members of their sibling organisation, Equal Education (EE).

Below is an article taken from their newsletter regarding their recent submission on a draft law that the Gauteng Department of Education has released:

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Access to quality education should not depend on your address. The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) is attempting to disrupt legacies of apartheid geography through proposed amendments to provincial admission regulations.

The proposed amendments follow a Constitutional Court judgment in 2016 in which the EELC represented Equal Education (EE) as a friend of the court. EE highlighted the manner in which the current feeder zone determination reinforces racial disparities in access to education.

While EE and the EELC have critiqued aspects of the proposed amendments, we welcome the shift in the approach of the GDE in re-imagining spatial justice and equity in education access through new criteria for determining the feeder zone of a school.

Read more on EE and the EELC's joint submission HERE.

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