THOUSANDS of pupils at some rural Eastern Cape schools will start the new school year with new furniture following years of using makeshift desks and chairs as the Education Department failed to provide the necessities.
This comes after the Mthatha High Court ordered the provincial department, along with its national counterpart, to give four schools 1593 desks and chairs within 90 days and provide 47000 pupils at 262 schools province-wide their much needed furniture by the start of next year.
The Legal Resources Centre (LRC), acting on behalf of the Centre for Child Law and four rural schools, has been on the department's tail about school furniture for the past year.
The four applicant schools – Putuma Junior Secondary School, and Gwebityala, Upper Mpako and Milton Dalasile high schools in the Libode area – were left off the department's list for furniture requirements. The schools have been plagued by severe furniture shortages for years.
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