Cosatu vows to fight school closures

2012-06-29 20:10

Johannesburg - Cosatu in the Western Cape vowed on Friday to fight the province's plan to close 27 under-performing schools in the province.

"Cosatu will not allow the schools to close," the provincial Congress of SA Trade Unions said in a statement.

It would call for education MEC Donald Grant to be dismissed.

"He is an example of cadre deployment in the DA - incompetent and insensitive to learners' needs."

ANC provincial leader Marius Fransman challenged Grant to attend a debate at a mass meeting on Sunday to discuss the issue.

Equal Education, the SA Democratic Teachers' Union, religious organisations and school governing bodies would attend the meeting, Cosatu said.

Grant said in a statement school closures had to be decided on a case-by -case basis by the provincial minister for education, after considering all representations from the school and concerned community.

"Based on recommendations made by the [provincial education department], I have notified 27 schools of my intention to consider them for possible closure at the end of this year," he said.

"As required by the applicable legislation, the governing body of each school concerned has been given an opportunity to make representations in relation to the proposed closure."

Given the legal requirements of the process, he had to refrain from discussing the matter outside of the formal public participation process.

"It would therefore be inappropriate for me to participate in a public debate regarding the schools currently being considered for closure," he said.

  • Godfrey - 2012-06-29 21:13

    Cosatu, like you fight Limpopo's plan for NOT delivering books 6 months later, shame ANC lapdogs.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-06-29 21:52

      I'm waiting for COSATU to demand that the Minister of non-Education step down over the Text Book scandal ..... I trust that in the light of this article I will not have long to wait.

      carpejugulim - 2012-06-30 05:52

      scouter I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you, cosatu probably needed something to make a noise about.

  • Johan Vermaak - 2012-06-29 21:33

    Johannesburg - The government has shut down more than 4 500 public schools in the past five years, The Sowetan Live reported on Thursday. According to a report compiled by the department of basic education and released in 2007, there were 30 117 operational schools. In a report compiled in 2009, the number of schools had declined to 25 827. Only Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal had shown an increase. The most affected areas were townships and rural areas. The main reason cited for the closures was the decline in pupil numbers as a result of poor performance of township and rural schools. This has sparked a migration to better-performing schools in towns and cities. Provincial prerogative Provinces which were expected to close schools this year included the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape. The Eastern Cape education department had identified more than 500 schools with less than 100 pupils each, while the Northern Cape would shut down 25 primary and secondary schools by March. Basic education department spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said the shutting down of schools was a provincial "prerogative". He denied that the trend of closing schools was a "national crisis". "Parents are voting to pull their children out of under-performing township schools to better schools in the cities," Lesufi said. Untenable According to the report, the Gauteng education department had reported a backlog of 120 schools, but had to close 46 schools, according to provincial spokesperson Charles Phahlane. Eastern Cape education spokesperson Loyiso Pulumani said managing over 500 "sub-optimal" schools would in the long run be "untenable". He said the leading cause of pupil migration was the "incessant under-performance by rural schools". Limpopo, the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal could not provide details of the state of schools because their "technical staff were still on holidays". In the Northern Cape, the Gaetsewe district was expected to shut down 25 schools by the end of March and North West said there were 24 unused schools in the province. News24 - 19/01/2012

      Johan Vermaak - 2012-06-29 22:30

      Thats an average of 100 schools per province per year over the last 5 years!!! And 27 schools facing POSSIBLE, not DEFINITE, closure is a problem??? These schools are UNDERPERFORMING, with an average of 150 pupils per school!

  • Erna - 2012-06-29 21:58

    And not one of these organisations have anything to say about the mess in the Eastern Cape or Limpopo! What a bunch of two faced hypocrites.

  • jan.chrzciciel.9 - 2012-06-29 22:14

    I'm glad that the non delivery of school books has attracted the same vitriol ...

  • Billy - 2012-06-29 22:24

    so the anc set their dogs on the da again why only the western cape? makes me think cosatu is unable to stand on its own feet, always doing what its master wants. everyone knows the anc wants the western cape, anc cosatu sacp, a liberation movement, a workers union and a communist party. sounds like the start to a joke

  • melania.nel - 2012-06-29 22:41

    \Cosatu in the Western Cape vowed on Friday to fight the province's plan to close 27 under-performing schools in the province.\. Did they even comprehend what the reasons were for consideration. The orignal proposals were for various reasons. Not just under-performing. Cosatu, please comment on the ANC schools' closure first before you make fools of yourselves...again... What did cosatu have to do with the closure of these schools anyway. I thought teachers had their own union. And what kind of parent would want their kids in a school that's unsafe to be in or where the teachers are not delivering to them what they deserve. Stupid idiots.

  • cheslin.white.7 - 2012-06-29 23:03

    It seems as though due dilligence is being applied so let's see how the entire process goes. Can Fransman mind his own business as well. He along with his fellow cANCerians had their chance and were removed. Let those in power do their jobs as required.

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-06-30 00:29

    What does COSATU stand for? Have they played their part in their mandate? Are they genuine in this move? Name and blame the culprits and then help them find a solution!

  • Brian Capito - 2012-06-30 03:33

    why dont they challenge the no text book saga instead of worrying about how to challenge the underperforming schools saga

  • bdarcywilliams - 2012-06-30 03:53

    I notice that the ANC and their lapdogs COSATU, dwell on the closure of under-performing schools, but they say NOTHING of the New Schools which have already been built to replace those under-performing ones,that have no proper toilet facilities, properly trained teachers, etc, they are all very quiet about the text book scandal in Gauteng, their Minister should have been fired ages ago already, but they do Nothing.

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