Everyone has the right to basic education, adult and child alike, in the language of their choice in public educational institutions. Considerations of reasonable practicability play a role in the implementation of language rights in education.
This right, set our under section 29 of the Constitution, reads as follows:
29. (1) Everyone has the right –
(a) to a basic education, including adult basic education; and
(b) to further education, which the state must take reasonable measures to make progressively available and accessible.
(2) Everyone has the right to receive education in the official language or languages of their choice in public educational institutions where that education is reasonably practicable. In order to ensure the effective access to and implementation of, this right, the state must consider all reasonable educational alternatives, including single medium institutions, taking into account –
(b) practicability; and
(c) the need to redress the results of past racially discriminatory law and practice.
(3) Everyone has the right to establish and maintain, at their own expense, independent educational institutions that –
(a) do not discriminate on the basis of race;
(b) are registered with the state; and
(c) maintain standards that are not inferior to standards at comparable public educational institutions.
(4) Subsection (3) does not preclude state subsidies for independent educational institutions.