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'School closures inhumane'

An education expert believes Donald Grant should have a more humanitarian approach towards school closures.

Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant. Malungelo Booi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - An education expert believes Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant should have a more humanitarian approach towards school closures.

Grant announced his department would be shutting down 27 schools in the province by next year, due to poor performance and low enrollment figures.

Education analyst Graeme Bloch believes the MEC is not taking a holistic approach to the issue.

"There can be very big problems and it's not just a case of sending children to another school. Sometimes it means that they have to travel further. I think he needs to listen very carefully to the possible problems that may occur before he treats human beings as though they were numbers."

Meanwhile, public hearing on the matter will begin in August.

Bloch said that school closures occuredthroughout the country, but added that the manner in which it is dealt with is most important.