New infrastructure plan for WC schools

The Western Cape Education Department will spend R2 billion on schools over the next 3 years.

Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department has adopted a new infrastructure plan.

The R2 billion initiative will fund the construction of 26 new schools and 124 Grade R classrooms.

Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant said the new three-year plan differs from previous ones.

He said his department will not only build new schools, but will also focus on increasing maintenance.

Grant said the project will ultimately result in the prolonged life cycle of school buildings, as it includes among others painting and repairing broken windows and doors.

Provincial education head Penny Vinjevold said every learner in the province is entitled to be taught in a decent classroom.

Meanwhile, the province is currently holding public hearings on the possible closure of 27 schools.

The department wants to shut down them down as a result of dwindling pupil numbers and poor performance.

Civil organisations and the Congress of South African Trade Unions are against the proposed closures.

They have threatened to take legal action against the department.