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W.Cape pupils fear being inconvenienced

Pupils affected by the possible closure of their schools believe changing schools will be inconvenient.

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

CAPE TOWN - Some Western Cape learners affected by the possible closure of their schools believe they will not be accepted by their future peers.

Their schools have been cited by the province’s education department for poor performance or dwindling pupil numbers.

About 300 of them were part of a march to the Western Cape Legislature and Parliament on Saturday, in effort to stop the process.

Up to 4, 000 children could be affected if the department decides to close the 27 schools.

A pupil from Zonnebloem Nest Senior School, Nasiphi Lutshidi, said there was a reason her parents enrolled her at that school.

She said the school was near her home and that she had formed great friendships there because of the similarities she shared with her colleagues.

Meanwhile, Beauvallon Secondary School pupil Tanya Poole believes the Department of Education is handling the process incorrectly.

Poole said the department should have consulted with students and parents before announcing it was considering closing schools.

A final decision on the matter is expected to be made by the end of September or early October.

Education MEC Donald Grant is considering representations from the governing bodies of all 27 schools and plans to hold public hearings on the matter.