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Equal Education returning to court in bid for rollout of NSNP

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Equal Education and other parties involved have called on the court to apply pressure on Department of Education officials to ensure the rollout of NSNP for learners.

On Tuesday, 6 July 2021, Equal Education (EE) released a joint media statement with the Equal Education Law Centre (EELC), Section 27 and school governing bodies (SGBs), notifying the public that they are returning to court to fight for school meals for learners that the education department had left behind during COVID-19. EE and the SGBs of two Limpopo schools, represented by Section 27 and the EE Law Centre, are reportedly returning to court against the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and provincial education departments, for allegedly failing to roll out the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) to every single eligible learner in the country for over a year.

According to the statement, EE is asking for a new court order that declares that the education officials have not met their constitutional obligations to supply daily meals to qualifying learners, and have not submitted plans and monitoring reports, as ordered by Judge Poterill in July 2020. Furthermore, EE also called on officials to give the court reasons as to why they should not be fined or jailed for being in contempt of court, and has asked that the court orders for the new plans to be filed within a month, to ensure that the learners’ rights are not violated.

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Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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