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Public input required in WC school closures

WC Education Dept. received few public submissions about the possible closure of 27 schools.

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 - The provincial education department said it has received few public submissions about the possible closure of 27 schools in the Western Cape.

These institutions could have their gates shut by 2013 due to poor performance and low pupil numbers.

The department has received letters from school governing bodies opposing the closures.

Education spokesperson Bronagh Casey said public submissions needed to be made before the end of August.

"The department has only received a handful of submissions since our call to the public. We continue to invite all interested parties to take part in this process."

She explained what other processes need to be completed before a final decision can be made,

"The minister wants to ensure that he makes the best possible decision in each case, and this requires a look at all factors related to each of the 27 schools. This includes submissions made by the school governing bodies of each school."