In 2016 the Constitutional Court handed down judgment on a challenge to previous amendments to the Admission Regulations. Represented by the EELC, Equal Education was a friend of the court in that matter and, amongst others, highlighted the discriminatory effect of feeder zones based solely on proximity to the school.
Since the positive judgment, EE and EELC have followed the policy development processes of the GDE in relation to feeder zones closely, and in August 2018 submitted a joint comment on the new draft amendemtns to the admission regulations. Promisingly, the draft amendments move away from geography/proximity as a criterion for the determination of feeder zones. Rather, EE’s point has been explicitly taken up with “geographic and spatial transformation” being one of the required considerations that must be taken into account when determining feeder zones.
Our submissions welcome the shift but asks for clarity on the implementation of this new approach. We also highlight severe concerns around the draft’s approach to undocumented learners, and the silence on admission policies for learners with special education needs.