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MEC wants to move on from school closures

Debbie Schafer says her dept wants to put the school closures chapter behind them this year.

FILE: Education MEC Debbie Schafer. Picture: Chanel September/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department says it plans to engage the 16 schools affected by possible closure on the way forward.

The Supreme Court of Appeal ruled in December last year 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.

Education MEC Debbie Schafer says they want to put the school closures chapter behind them this year.

"It's been very difficult for our officials because there are other schools that need to be improved, but can't be because the learners could have had better opportunities in the last two years which they have now unfortunately missed out. So I really would like to see a closure to it."

Meanwhile, the lawyer representing the schools, Jerald Andrews says they may appeal the previous ruling in the Constitutional Court.

"I have a mandate from all the schools to take the matter on appeal to the Constitutional Court. I have committed myself to the department and the MEC that we will file our appeal to the Constitutional Court on 26 January."