Department to close 136 unviable schools

The Department of Education is to close 136 unviable small Eastern Cape schools and move pupils to bigger and better-resourced nearby schools by the end of this year as part of the rationalisation programme.

In an attempt to improve the quality of education, the department announced in 2012 its intention to close 2 077 schools with very low enrolment figures and merge them with bigger ones for effective schooling.

The team leaders for the rationalisation project, Jonathan Godden and Phaphama Mfenyana, said the 10-year programme had officially started last year when the first notices were issued to a list of targeted schools and public hearings were conducted.

The following emerged from the interview:

The construction of hostels will be proposed in instances where schools are too far for the children to travel to;

Scholar transport is not guaranteed for the pupils affected by the merge;

The department gave the assurance that teachers, principals and support staff would not lose their jobs during the process;

and Schools which belong to the government will be handed over to the Department of Public Works and those built by communities will be given back to them.

Godden said the list of schools to be closed this year was awaiting approval from Education MEC Mandla Makupula and more public hearings would be conducted after the MEC’s input.

The schools listed for closure are located in 15 districts.

With 42 schools affected, Dutywa has the most, followed by King William’s Town with 24 and 15 schools in Sterkspruit.

2 thoughts on “Department to close 136 unviable schools

  • March 30, 2017 at 1:55 pm
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    What the…..????? Kids are running around the townships bcoz schools are getting destroyed and the solution to that is destroying more schools? If this is our school of thought mos then we should stop the whole schooling thing….No offense but this is an idiotic move that comes from uneducated minds…an educated individual wouldn’t even consider this crap….in fact this is a matter of common sense. I think we should adopt the Spain type of Governance where academic credentials are considered before people are employed for governance, then we can safely say we are led by educated idiots. I’m sure that majority of the communities consulted are against this, unless of course very old magogos were consulted right in the very rural of the rural areas. I think a positive step here would be to consult academics and communities from developed areas then a solution would be found. There is no logic what so ever in this thinking and these are the types of people that need to be fired on the spot just for being idiots that turn their backs on the very people that they are supposed to serve. Yes, we want a better education for all but this here, this is no education for a majority….nxaa…’no scholar transport guaranteed, hostels’…what in the world….

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  • March 30, 2017 at 12:35 pm
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    WHAT??? is this a wise move??? are we not going to put pressure on already over burdened schools??
    who says any of the affected children want to be away from home in a hostel?? who decided on the unviable schools and what criteria was used? surely the community has a say in this ?

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