The Gauteng Education Department has told the High Court in Pretoria that it is committed to assisting Hoerskool Overvaal in Vereeniging with English teachers and necessary resources. This has emerged during a school admission dispute between Hoerskool Overvaal and Gauteng Education Department where the school wants the court to overturn the department’s decision to admit additional 55 learners.

The Department’s lawyer, Kumbirai Thoma has argued that the school has not reached admission capacity. Thoma made the court aware of meetings between district officials and the school management.

He says the only reason the school is refusing to admit the learners, according to their submissions, is that the school is an Afrikaans only school. Thoma says the school needs to adapt as demographics change. He is asking the court to dismiss Hoerskool Overvaal’s application.

Thoma says the learners, according to law, must be placed at this school.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is attending the proceedings for the second day in a row.