Western Cape to close 20 schools

2012-10-16 13:10

Cape Town - Twenty Western Cape schools will be closed at the end of this year, provincial education MEC Donald Grant said on Tuesday.

Most were small farm schools in rural areas with low enrolment numbers and multi-grade classes, he said.

The remainder were in urban areas and largely plagued by a decline in pupils.

"This has not been an easy process and I have had to make some very difficult decisions, but I am convinced that these decisions are in the best interests of all the learners concerned," Grant said.

The department originally earmarked 27 schools for possible closure. Public hearings were held recently to collect arguments for and against these closures, by school governing bodies, parents and civil society.

The MEC said that although he was not present at all the hearings, he received transcripts of every parties' arguments and used these to shape his decisions.

The schools to be closed are: Beauvallon Secondary, Bergrivier NGK Primary, Bracken Hill EK Primary, Denneprag Primary, Hoopsrivier NGK Primary, Klipheuwel Primary, Krombeksrivier NGK Primary, LK Zeeman Primary, Langklook Primary, Lavisrylaan Primary, Protea Primary, Redlands Primary, Rietfontein Primary, Rondevlei Primary, Tonko Bosman Primary, Unionskraal Primary, Valpark Primary, Wansbek Primary, Warmbad-Spa Primary and Welbedacht UCC Primary.

The schools that would remain open were Athwood Primary, Bosplaas NGK Primary, Nuhoop NGK Primary, Peak View Secondary, Rodewal UCC Primary, Wittedrif Primary and Zonnebloem NEST Senior.

Better opportunities

"I would like to stress that parents of learners at schools that will close do not have to worry about enrolment for the 2013 school year," Grant said.

He said pupils would be transferred to schools that offered better opportunities.

Where necessary and possible, the department would assist with school uniforms, transport and feeding.

If a pupil was moving from a no-school fee school to one charging fees, the department would cover the fees for 2013.

The department also would cover the difference in cases where fees were more expensive.

"Where necessary, the department will also assist parents to apply for fee exemptions for future years."

Parents were encouraged to read the plan for their affected school for further details.

The principals and staff of the schools to be closed would be transferred appropriately.

Grant gave assurances that their salaries would not change.

  • debbie.renner.18 - 2012-10-16 13:24

    To which schools are these kids going to be sent? Most schools are bursting at the seams!

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-16 13:46

      72 new school buildings within the next 3 years should help. Few people remember that ANC closed 47 WC schools between 2002 and 2007, but did build 42 new ones.

      kaydin.davids - 2012-10-16 13:47

      Model C schools that charges R1000 per month!! The DA government is paying for the fees for 2013. We are talking about the poorest of the poor!!!!!

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-16 14:01

      Don't worry Kaydin, the poor get a big discount and help. They just have to apply for it. I have seen fees for a poor child as little as R300 per year in a Model C school in Goodwood.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-16 14:26

      @kaydin.davids. Jisssiss my brah, wat's jou punt ?? Is'nt it a good thing that they are paying. And I assure you it's NOT to impress anyone.......

      alexander.lombard - 2012-10-16 15:16

      Read something written better. The western Cape is getting more schools than what is closing. It is called using your resources better and providing better service.

      peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-10-16 15:27

      @ Kayden please stop being a troll! Anything you have said in your comments has been answered in the article! Your comments are so similar to idiots like Malema, everything is explaind but you keep harping on it!

  • thunder.clap.587 - 2012-10-16 13:27

    More Thugs,More Prostitutes,More Guns,what a picture.

  • sean.crookson - 2012-10-16 13:34

    Build new schools first BEFORE closing these. It makes sense to me.

      lydonmcg - 2012-10-16 13:46

      That makes NO sense. Because they won't be building schools to replace these considering these have low enrolment numbers...thus the new schools will be built elsewhere and will have nothing to do with affected students.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-16 13:47

    I hate that Donald's attitude, everything with him begins with - I. i decided 2 close down the schools. WTF ?

      roger.williams.37604303 - 2012-10-16 15:55

      At least he made a decision unlike most.

  • Muneer23 - 2012-10-16 14:04

    Its not a suprise that Beauvallon High was on the list of schools to be closed. The school started looking like a Maximum security prison with all that barbed wire and fencing. Hopefully the new school/s provided would provide a much more safer and comfortable haven for pupils and teachers. Im glad Athwood Primary managed to remain open

      george.slade.161 - 2012-10-16 14:18

      Muneer: "Much more safer" is a fail. "Much safer" is correct OR just "a safer ". Hope one of the nw school takes you.

      Muneer23 - 2012-10-16 14:41

      @george.slade.161 Pardon me for not doing a "troll check" I didn't realise we had a teacher's pet in class

  • zwe.ndlovu.7 - 2012-10-16 14:21

    ISection27 yini ingathathi iDA iyise ecourt? Ukuba iANC le evala izikole ngabe kudala bayisa ecourt.Welcome to South Africa

  • sipho.skepu - 2012-10-16 14:24

    Fricken DA they are worse than Anc,sies I won't vote them ever again,I wanted them to take eastern cape not anymore.

      hamish.drake1 - 2012-10-16 15:39

      Yes, because we wouldn't want the EC to be run effectively and effeciently

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-16 16:14

      Nobody can fix this. Nobody can be trusted with their finger in the pie. Nobody's perfect. Vote for Nobody

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-10-16 16:37

      Sif ou, what is with the ANC banner voting for Mothlanthe if you claim that the ANC is also so bad? Troll.

  • conwill.kampher - 2012-10-16 14:27

    People are so narrow minded, only try to see the bad in everything. Some of these schools are so bad and desfunctional I dont think any learner deserves to be in an environment like it. I know one of these schools, LK Zeeman in Paarl you go look for yourself how this school looks and the envirmonent. I bet you'll have a different opinion. Our education system is in and mess and decisive actions is needed.

  • alexander.lombard - 2012-10-16 15:15

    Read something written better. The western Cape is getting more schools than what is closing. It is called using your resources better and providing better service.

  • Billy - 2012-10-16 15:18

    hmm dont know much about the reason why they are getting closed down, or why they were even built in the first place. BUT, big important but, if there is a need for education close to the pupils homes due to the average income of a community. then the DA must provide the solution indefinitely. either by building a smaller suited school within the community or, by indefinitely providing communities the services(all) needed for pupils to attend distant schools. advertise on the busses to generate revenue if you have to.

      peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-10-16 15:31

      @Billy, wow dude read the whole article I know it might be hard but it answers everything!

      paul.nefdt - 2012-10-18 00:58

      @Peterjeff: No dude, it does not answer everything!! They WC DOE (Western Cape Department of Education) is covering any extra costs for the year 2013, what happens there after to the children, who's parents cannot afford it?? What is the Department going to do in 2014,15,16...??

  • nwabisap1 - 2012-10-16 15:22

    Why would you close down schools when you know that there is a lack of schools in the Eastern Cape? why don't you use those schools for the underprivileged children of the Eastern Cape maybe send them to those schools and add boarding facilities instead of rebuilding new school because that's a waste for money

      peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-10-16 15:30

      Please just read the God Damn article!!!! These schools are tiny and in remote locations so please tell me what sense it woud make to send people from other provinces to these schools??? This is the ANC's job as they control the Eastern Cape but they are so useless and don't care about education because they would lose half their votes if they educated the country!

      susanna.smit.7 - 2012-10-16 15:42

      Half of the Eastern Cape's pupils are attending school in the Western Cape already. You are welcome to send the other half as soon as the 72 brand new schools are open!

      luke.dekoker - 2012-10-16 15:45

      nwabisap1, VOTE for the DA in Eastern Cape and if they come to power there your problem with the poor to no schooling plus poor to no service delivery will be something of the past.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-16 16:23

      That will be a "waste for money" yes.

  • pmalungana - 2012-10-16 17:31

    Poor kids

  • sean.kedian - 2012-10-16 21:33

    How can the administration even BEGIN to consider this??? We need ORE schools nd teachers,not LESS.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-17 11:17

      We need ORE scools to tich u 2 PELL!

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-17 14:10

      @sean.kedian Get with the program: This link is where the ANC closed schools: Reported in the Sowetan. WAKE UP !!!!!

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