Transformation of KZN schools

2015-07-02 06:00

THE Department of Education (DoE) will close 28 schools in KZN and some schools will merge with others. Spokesperson for the KZN DoE Muzi Mahlambi said this is part of a transformation programme the department has engaged itself in.

He said only schools that have fewer than 200 children will be affected.

“The priority for the transformation is to ensure that every child has access to the best quality education and there are schools in KZN that will be affected. We know we have to look at many factors in each school. Once we identify the school, issues like transport must be looked into. That is why we had a thorough discussion with the school involved and discussed with stakeholders how the tabled issues will be tackled.

“Surprisingly the transformation will not only occur in schools in rural areas. We have schools in townships like Umlazi that will have some of their schools falling under this programme,” said Mahlambi.

“Some of these schools were built in times of apartheid and as people relocate, they are left with a small number of pupils.

“Teachers end up doing what we call multi-grading. Pupils doing different grades end up being taught in one class by one teacher. We are not closing down the schools, we are merging them with others,” explained Mahlambi.

The DoE report revealed that the province with the highest number of schools with low enrolment is the Eastern Cape with 310 schools followed by the KZN with 58 schools, 81 in Mpumalanga Province and North West and 11 in Gauteng

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