Migrant children in SA can’t be denied schooling

JOHANNESBURG – Migrant children living in South Africa without proper documentation can’t be denied access to schooling.
A ruling made by the Grahamstown High Court last year had threatened to halt the education of children whose parents are in the country illegally.
The Basic Education now says those learners must be helped to obtain the necessary paperwork.
They will be allowed to continue schooling as a Ministerial Task team appointed by Cabinet finalises a report into the matter.
In December, the Grahamstown High Court handed down a judgment that found that the right to basic education, could not be extended to children in the country illegally.
That ruling has was then overturned after the Constitutional Court granted applicants leave to appeal.

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