On 12 June 2020 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: The matter is due to be heard  Thursday, 2 July 2020

Click below to view relevant court papers

Applicants’ Heads of Arguments

Submissions of the Amicus Curiae

Respondents’ Heads of Argument

 

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