The Western Cape Education Department has until Friday to find places in schools for the seven learners whose case was taken to court.

In his judgement last week, Judge Patrick Gamble gave the department five days to find classrooms for these learners.

Education authorities have also been ordered to provide a catch up plan for the pupils in Khayelitsha, Kraaifontein, Strand, Macassar, Somerset West and Kuilsriver.

In May, the Equal Education Law Centre approached the court, requesting it to force the department to assist the pupils.

It’s understood that the parents have sent numerous requests to the Metro East Education District.

But there’s been no favourable response.

The Centre’s attorney, Yolisa Piliso says the judgment also helps all unplaced learners.

“In order to ensure that parents and caregivers of learners who are currently unplaced for 2022 are made aware of the order, the court has directed the HOD and District Director to circulate a notice on local radio stations and newspapers by 14 June 2022, calling on all parents and caregivers of unplaced learners in the Metro East District, to approach the Department for assistance. Parents and caregivers are required to respond to this call by 29 June 2022”.