Legal Resources Centre

Ready To Learn

A book focusing on the efforts of South African civil society to ensure quality basic education in schools.


The Legal Resources Centre and the Courts in South Africa: Realising Social, Economic and Cultural Rights through Litigation – Concept Paper, Pocantico Conference Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, February 2–4, 2013


Foreword by Dr Kishore Singh, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education

Overview of Articles and Related Court Pleadings

The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) has spent the last five years litigating the right to education in South African courts. What follows is an explanation of some of these cases, together with summaries and excerpts from related court pleadings.

Mud Schools

Related Court Pleadings: Centre for Child Law, Infrastructure Crisis Committee of Nomandla Senior Primary School and Others

Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure

Related Court Pleadings: Mkanzini Junior Secondary School, Mwezeni Senior Primary School and Equal Education

Off the Floor and into a Desk and Chair

Related Court Pleadings: Centre for Child Law, Putuma Junior Secondary School and Others

Teachers to Teach

Related Court Pleadings: Centre for Child Law, Mary Waters High School and Others

Across a Bridge, onto a Bus

Related Court Pleadings: Clairwood Boys Primary School and Siga Village

Securing Access to Education for Learners with Disabilities

Related Court Pleadings: Doug Whitehead School and Western Cape Forum for Intellectual Disability

Access to Education in the Face of Discrimination

Related Court Pleadings: Rivonia Primary School and Hoërskool Fochville

Ensuring Adequate Support for Children in Need

Nearly twenty years since the first democratic elections in South Africa, vast inequalities remain in the classrooms of the rainbow nation.


The writers would like to thank the following individuals and organisations for their contribution to this resource.


1st Edition 2013; Published by Legal Resources Centre