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Public to debate WC school closures

MEC Donald Grant says the public will given a chance to debate the proposed school closures.

Education MEC Donald Grant briefed reporters on the possible closure of 27 institutions across the Western Cape on 20 June 2012. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Public hearings will take place before any schools are closed in the Western Cape, Education MEC Donald Grant announced on Tuesday.

At least 27 schools face closure in the province due to dwindling registration numbers and poor performance.

Public hearings will begin on August 18.

"After considering all the representations received from the governing bodies concerned, I've decided to proceed with the public hearings in respect of each of the 27 schools," Grant said.

On Monday, ANC supporters marched to the Western Cape Legislature calling for the halt of the proposed closures.

Demonstrators also called on Grant to step down.

Several organisations, including the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), expressed its opposition to the school closures.

The federation union threatened to strike and take legal action.