Number of Soweto schools drops

2012-06-25 12:44

Johannesburg - Soweto schools are closing down as pupil numbers dwindle, The Star reported on Monday.

Five schools had closed since 2008, seemingly as a direct result of fewer pupil enrolments and poor academic achievement, the newspaper reported.

Soweto was rated the worst performing district in Johannesburg Central when it came to last year's matric pass rate.

While the provincial pass rate was 81.1%, Soweto achieved only a 68% pass rate.

It was also the area with the most recorded disciplinary cases amongst teachers.

According to The Star, a summit last year on education matters in Soweto found that 158 cases involving drunkenness, corporal punishment, sexual abuse and late arrival at work had been dealt with in the past three years.

Basic Education department spokesperson Charles Phahlane told the newspaper that since 1994, "small and inefficient" Soweto schools had been merged with better-performing ones in the township and province.

"Seventeen schools were closed," he said.

The Star interviewed two women residents who said they preferred to send their children to schools outside Soweto.

  • Kala - 2012-06-25 12:47

    I wonder if COSATU are going to shout as loudly about this as they did about the possibilty of closing some schools down in the western Cape.

      Gieljam - 2012-06-25 13:20

      These pupils only reallocated themselves to the former model C schools of which a report recently said some 1200 pupils are now accomodated in a school fit for only 750 pupils resulting in chaos.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-06-25 13:46

      Well we can't fire the useless unionised teachers for not doing their jobs but we can close the schools down. Use the money that's propping up disfunctional schools to enlarge those getting results and to boost safe school transport and effective teachers' salaries.

      Antipoaching - 2012-06-25 16:20

      @ Kala the planned, evaluated, logical closing/mothballing of schools in WC...... mind you here in the EC makes no difference what Govt does or doesnt plan because SADTU just forces the EC Ed Dept to bend to the will of the union anyway.... normally to the detriment of the pupils! Bet we don't hear anything from COSATU about these Soweto schools, they actaully don't give a tinkers toss about township/rural schools just bashing the DA (Vavi's agenda)

  • Sandra - 2012-06-25 12:56

    Well done DA, leading the way as usual

  • Michaele - 2012-06-25 13:05

    I wish we could have the same school attendance rule as applied many years back when you could have a choice of any private school but for a public school you had to attend the one in your area [which was zoned]. The reason I say this is that the pupils now leave their areas and attend public schools wherever they please and this results in the numbers dwindling and the susequent closure of the school. If we were forcred to attend a "nearby" shool, appropriate funds could then be allocated to these schools. Now the folk who cannot afford the transportation etc. to a remote school have to suffer a lower standard of education for their children.

      Erna - 2012-06-25 14:15

      The current admission criteria for government schools is based on zoning, but this also includes place of work. Because the former model C schools are still much better than township schools all parents want their children to go to the better school. Instead of closing the schools in Soweto they should improve them to such an extent that parents would want to send their children to these schools.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-06-25 13:07

    But COSATU threatened the WC government for wanting to close 27 schools under the same reasons...

  • Rob Allen - 2012-06-25 13:11

    what a laugh, these people are effing hopeless

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-06-25 13:24

    show me one previous apartheid era school that had improved its infrastructure , water and sanitation , timeous receipt of text books since democracy.

  • bradley.kecskes - 2012-06-25 13:29

    It should read "standards of living drop for South Africans"

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-06-25 13:32

    Now for those that don't have wool pulled over their eyes, this is a typical story whereby this country is dealing with apartheid legacy of having resources and proper system in abundance with one group and having a next to nothing scenario with the other group. I know the dogs will be unleashed on me for making this comment!!

      Johan De Beer - 2012-06-25 13:37

      Apartheid has been gone for 18 years. Poor excuse for your own failure.

      Kala - 2012-06-25 13:41

      I think you are the one with the wool over your eyes. But I guess that's apartheids fault too.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-25 14:10

      luvo, apartheid died 18 years ago, things have got WORSE... Now, pull that wool up, it's blocking your view.

      bradley.kecskes - 2012-06-25 14:43

      cool story bro, why are the fat cats in government rolling in highly priced talking 1.2 million up....

      Billy - 2012-06-25 15:41

      hey luvo who is in charge of education at the moment. why were the textbooks late in limpopo, and why did they not accept help to fix the problem when it was offered? piles of textbooks and stationery burnt last week? apartheid 18 YEARS ago? Martie McVlieg didnt come from 1970 with his time travelling car to cause havoc for learners today. Today the anc that the majority voted into power is in charge, of everything. and everything does not look too good at the moment!! please look past your loyalty, only a DOG stays loyal to a master that mistreats it!!

  • warren.mudge.5 - 2012-06-25 13:42

    Come now COSATU, be consistent here please. I demand of you that you demand of the Education Minister that she apply pressure on local government that the MEC for education in Gauteng also be fired from his/her post.

      Nwabisa ChloƩ Masiza - 2012-06-25 14:26

      the Local Government clearly isn'nt doing anything about this. This is something that has been happening for years. They really need to be consistent for once! COSATO included!

  • Andre - 2012-06-25 14:08

    Why is it that the ANC government always had a lot to say about governing but they are totally impotent in every aspect? I doubt whether they can organize a successful booze-up in a brewery!

  • marty.krog.7 - 2012-06-25 14:28

    The students have learned from the government that it is easier steal as a career choice.

  • Hermann - 2012-06-25 14:35

    At the rate modern new South Africa's education is deteriorating I think Bantu Education can now be seen as having been far superior.

  • zaaristotle - 2012-06-25 15:59

    Will Messrs. Vavi, Erinreich and Craven please comment on this as well please?

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-25 16:02

    I wonder why?

  • sizwe.bwana - 2012-06-25 16:10

    Pol Pot believed in keeping the people ignorant and that way they wouldn't give any trouble. As soon as they know what's going on you got problems. Seems like the new ANC strategy.

  • Nathaniel - 2012-06-25 17:04

    Cosatu only succeeds to fool those who worship them. I wonder if they ever go to the regional offices of education come school registration time for new learners. Parents willing to forge residential addresses, or come up with excuses just to have their kids attend a better school. This is done to escape the firm grip sadtu has on public schools. Project the trend into the future, and you will realize that school (public) closures will be the order of the day. Wonder if that Tony chap will howl at this one too. Waiting to see.

  • mokoena.job - 2012-06-26 08:13

    There is more to close down, not only in soweto, but around the whole country. cause for concern.

  • bdarcywilliams - 2012-06-26 08:23

    The silence from COSATU is deafening, about these schools closing, compared to their squealing about Western Cape schools being closed. COSATU are useless, and bigoted , and should be done away with.

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