The Western Cape education department will seek leave to appeal a court ruling setting aside a decision to close 17 schools.
A decision to close 17 Western Cape schools at the end of last year has been set aside.
Protesters were left disappointed outside the Western Cape High Court when it emerged judgment was not expected in the school closures case.
The Western Cape wants teacher union Sadtu to pay the legal costs should 17 schools in the province lose their legal battle to stay open.
Communities were not properly consulted before a decision was taken to close a number of schools, the Western Cape High Court has heard.
The Constitutional Court has refused Western Cape education MEC Donald Grant leave to appeal a decision to keep 17 schools in the province open.
The Western Cape's minister for education should be sacked because of 27 schools facing possible closure in the province, says Cosatu.
Violent protests near Cape Town and Jo'burg -- over schooling and power cuts -- have been met with police water cannons, stun grenades and tear gas.