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Expert: Closing schools a last resort

2012-06-13 09:46

Cape Town - An expert says 27 stricken Western Cape schools should only be closed as a last resort, it was reported on Wednesday.

Independent education specialist Graeme Bloch told the Cape Times the schools should only be closed after careful consideration on "a case by case basis".

Provincial education MEC Donald Grant recently sent a letter to the schools informing them of his intention to close them for reasons including dwindling pupil numbers, no growth prospects and poor teaching.

Although the schools' names were not released, the newspaper identified Zonnebloem Nest Senior School in the city bowl and Peak View Secondary in Athlone.

Peak View Secondary School only managed to attain an 18.9% matric pass rate last year.

Macmillan Teacher Campus co-ordinator Antoinette du Plessis told the newspaper that if a school proved to be ineffective, it was preferable to close it.

"Begin with a new slate. Otherwise it's like trying to mend a broken leg with straws," she was quoted as saying.