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WC schools closure saga might head to ConCourt

Lawyers representing the schools say they're still studying the judgment before taking action.

FILE: The Western Cape schools closure sage might be heading to the Constitutional Court. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - A lawyer representing 16 Western Cape schools that may have to shut their doors following an appeal court ruling say they may take the matter to the Constitutional Court.

The Supreme Court of Appeal on Tuesday ruled in favour of former Education MEC Donald Grant's appeal against a High Court order blocking the closure of 17 schools.

The only school to remain open is Beauvallon High in Valhalla Park.

Lawyer Jerald Andrews says, "This is not technically the end of the road as far as the litigation is concerned. We currently studying the judgment and we will then take instructions from those 16 schools that are affected by the outcome of the judgment and we will decide to take the matter to the Constitutional Court."

Dwindling pupil numbers and poor performance were cited as some of the reasons behind the closures.