On 12 June 2020 Equal Education (EE) and the school governing bodies (SGBs) of two Limpopo schools launched an urgent court application against the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and provincial education departments.
EE and the SGBs are challenging the failure to roll-out the National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP) to all learners under the national state of disaster. The NSNP normally provides meals to over nine million learners every day, but was halted when schools closed on 18 March, jeopardising the food security of these learners and exacerbating the severe hardship experienced within their households.
EE and the SGBs, represented by the Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) and SECTION27, argue that the failure of the DBE and provincial education departments to roll out the NSNP to all qualifying learners is a regressive measure that violates learners’ rights to basic nutrition, basic education and equality.
Current Status: Acting Deputy Judge President of the North Gauteng High Court, Judge Sulet Potterill delivered judgment on 17 July 2020
Equal Education, SECTION27 & Equal Education Law Centre are actively monitoring the implementation of the plans developed by the DBE and provinces.
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Click Below to view the media statements published to date
17 July 2020 – Victory for Equal Education, Limpopo school governing bodies and over nine million learners as court rules that government’s National School Nutrition Programme must immediately resume for all learners!
19 August 2020 – Joint statement: Some improvements in food distribution but latest National School Nutrition report still lacks critical details and fails to fix obstacles to collecting of meals and parcels
7 October 2020 – Survey of Equalisers shows that most learners who are only in classrooms on certain days are not getting food for when they are at home, as DBE reports show that nearly two million learners are still not receiving school meals
3 November 2020 – Equaliser surveys continue to show that there are still problems with getting food to learners who are at home on some days, but DBE promises school meals to learners who are at home if there is a second wave of COVID-19 infections