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WC to build more schools

The Western Cape Government has set aside R3 billion to build new schools across the province.

Zonnebloem Senior School is among the 27 schools facing closure in the Western Cape. Picture: Janine Willemans/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Government has set aside R3billion to build new schools in the province.

The 81 institutions are expected to take around three years to complete.

At present, at least 12 new schools are built in the province every year.

According to the province's new schedule, the number must increase to 13 in the first year of the three year plan.

Public Works MEC Robin Carlisle said there is an unavoidable need to boost the rate of educational infrastructure projects.

Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant has welcomed the plan, saying learner performance should improve drastically due to the new schools.

Meanwhile, officials are currently in the process of shutting down 27 schools around the province.

Public hearings are expected to kick off in August.

Several communities and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) have voiced their opposition to the proposed closures.