‘Eastern Cape, why have you slashed funds for your poorest pupils?’
Human rights group goes into battle against education department for cutting already inadequate funding to poor schools
A human rights organisation has issued a letter of demand to the Eastern Cape education department, after it drastically cut funding to schools attended by the poorest pupils in the province.
The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) in Makhanda has asked acting head of department Mahlubandile Qwase to provide full details and evidence of the steps they are taking “to support schools, for this financial year, that are unable to provide education to pupils due to a lack of funding”.
In a 10-page letter dated May 31, Cecile van Schalkwyk, an attorney at the LRC, demanded that the department provide, within 20 days of the date of the document, detailed reasons for the reduction in the funding to schools for 2020, 2021 and 2022 financial years...