‘Closing WC schools will be a blow’

Pupils inside an overcrowded Cape Town classroom. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Department of Education is making a mistake by proposing to close 27 provincial schools, civic group Save our Schools said on Saturday. 

The organisation was part of a meeting at the Bridgetown Civic Centre in Cape Town on Saturday, regarding the proposed closure of Peak View Secondary School and other institutions in the province. 

In July, Western Cape MEC of Education Donald Grant said the aim of the closures was to “improve opportunities for learners by placing them in schools that (were) better equipped to provide quality education.”

Grant is expected to make his final decision about the future of all 27 schools earmarked for closure by the end of September, after considering all representations from the school’s governing bodies and holding public hearings on the matter. 

Spokesperson for the group, Magnus De Jongh, said the Save our Schools campaign together with 24 other organizations had made submissions to the department regarding the intended closures.

He said it would be a big blow to efforts to improve education in the province.

They argue that closing smaller, unequipped schools will not be in the best interest of learners and parents.

The department said it would hold public hearings to hear the views of educators, learners, parents and community, members on the proposed school closures before it made a final decision on the matter.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)