Cape education dept plans placements

2012-08-07 20:06
<a href="http://www.shutterstock.com">Shutterstock</a>

Shutterstock

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Western Cape pupils whose schools are closed will be moved to facilities with better opportunities, the provincial education department said on Tuesday.

"The aim is to improve opportunities for the learners concerned. We would like to place these learners in schools that are better equipped to provide a quality education," department head Penny Vinjevold told reporters in Cape Town.

She said the 20 rural and seven urban schools facing possible closure were not ideal places of learning. The rural schools were faced largely with dwindling pupil numbers and teachers having to accommodate up to seven different grades in a single classroom.

The urban schools were plagued by a high dropout rate, poor academic performance, or buildings in poor condition.

There were 11 possible closures in the Eden Karoo, six in the Cape Winelands, five in Cape Town central, three on the West Coast and two in Cape Town north.

In Eden Karoo, enrolment ranged from 11 to 101 pupils.

Vinjevold said primary schools should ideally have between 650 and 800 pupils, and high schools between 1 000 and 1 200 pupils.

She said the problem was that schools with low numbers received less funding, even though their water, electricity and municipal rates were the same.

The proposal to close schools was met with opposition by various communities, the African National Congress and Congress of SA Trade Unions.

The department was criticised for targeting certain races and for a lack of transparency.

Exemption policy

Vinjevold provided reporters with a detailed breakdown of why each school had been chosen and where pupils could be transferred if the process went ahead.

About 4 000 pupils would be placed in different schools from 2013 if the proposal was approved. She said this did not mean Education MEC Donald Grant had already made up his mind.

The proposed placements were a work in progress and had been compiled to reassure parents that the department had done its research.

Any person, community, organisation or civil movement could offer their input at public hearings to be held from 18 August to 3 September.

Grant was expected to make a final decision by the end of September.

Vinjevold said parents should not worry about their child being placed in a school they could not afford.

"We've tried to match no-fee schools with no-fee schools," she said.

In instances where a child was placed in a school with fees, an exemption policy would apply.

For rural areas, proposed transfer schools were between 6km and 27km from the original school. "In many cases, the learners will find it easier to get to school because buses will pick them up closer to their homes," Vinjevold said.

Teachers would typically follow pupils to their new schools.

- SAPA
Read more on:    cosatu  |  da  |  anc  |  donald grant  |  cape town  |  politics  |  education
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
8 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Sport
 

BMW drift battle: M235i vs. speedway bike

Watch this insane drift contest with four-times dirt-track World champion Karl Maier riding a speedway bike against a BMW M235i.

 
 

Men24.com

Want to start talking dirty?
Everyday struggles of naturally skinny guys
And this year's Miss Bumbum title goes to...
How to maintain your mo, bro

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

20% off ALL TV Series

Choose from 1000’s of the hottest TV Series . While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a strong focus on social interaction and connecting with your friends. You may have the need to expand and connect with a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.