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Sadtu looks to stop NW school closures

The union claimed the process to close middle schools was ill-informed.

"Sadtu logo. Picture: www.sadtu.org.za.

JOHANNESBURG - Efforts to do away with several middle schools have been misinterpreted by the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu), the North West education department said on Tuesday.

The union claimed the process in the province was ill-informed.

Pupils and teachers from affected schools will be integrated into existing primary or high schools.

The middle schools cater for pupils in grade seven to nine.

Sadtu says plans to phase out the schools puts the jobs of many teachers on the line.

The union's Mugwena Maluleke says the process will also be very costly.

He says money could be better spent on infrastructure and resources.

But the department says middle schools are a legacy of the former Bophuthatswana homeland and do not fit into the current basic education framework.

Department spokesperson Brian Setswambung says officials are trying to ensure optimum utilisation of resources.