SAHRC: School numbers declining

2014-08-22 05:00
School desks. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

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Johannesburg - The number of schools in South Africa declined by 2 534 between 2000 and 2012, according to a SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) report released on Thursday.

The report, a review of school infrastructure spending and delivery, found that of the 26 789 public ordinary schools in 2000, only 24 255 remained in 2012.

In the Free State 47% of schools, a total of 1 187, had closed, said Conrad Barberton, who with Carmen Abdoll from Cornerstone Economic Research, wrote the report on behalf of the SAHRC.

In other provinces, 31% of schools in North West, 12% in Mpumalanga and 10% in the Eastern Cape had closed.

"If you look at the Free State [education] budget, it now includes a very large allocation for pupil transport," Barberton said.

As a result, there was a trade off with smaller schools often being merged with larger ones, which affected access to and the quality of education.

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