BASIC Education Minister Angie Motshekga is being taken to court for the fourth time this year - by non-government organisations and school governing bodies in the Eastern Cape seeking to compel her department to fill vacant teaching posts.

The department was recently forced by a court to provide textbooks to children in Limpopo, and has faced legal challenges on its intervention in the Eastern Cape, writes Karl Gernetzky.

The Legal Resources Centre filed an application in the Eastern Cape High Court last week on behalf of the Centre for Child Law, the governing bodies of four schools and the Bethelsdorp School Governing Body Unit, which represents 17 schools.

They argued that the failure to allocate teachers to schools as required had led to many schools being placed in "crisis and financial peril". Some schools have had to fill teacher posts at their own expense.