Some schools to be shut down in the Eastern Cape

FEBRUARY 23, 2015

Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle has reportedly said that schools with dwindling numbers will be shut down as they make it difficult for government to allocate adequate resources.

Premier Masualle said that government is moving towards creating sustainable schools adding that the state is further engaging with relevant stakeholders to discuss the future of schools that are not viable.

He said that there are instances where in one school, there would be only two Matriculants writing exams, meaning if both of them pass, that school would have obtained a 100% pass rate.

"I think we are moving sustainable schools and have the necessity to shut down those that are not sustainable.

“It’s being pragmatic and it’s also about using the taxpayers’ money wisely,” he was quoted by the SABC.

"It’s an investment that must be made so that we do not make unwise investments with public resources. In that sense, I think it's the necessary re-organisation."

Meanwhile, Grahamstown-based government watchdog, the Public Service Accountability Monitor, said it is concerned about complexities surrounding the proposed process which may disadvantage learners.

Researcher, Zukiswa Kota, says some learners have to travel greater distances in order to get to schools, which may be further removed from their immediate areas.

Kota says they also concerned by the fact that the process, which involves merging and rationalisation, is rather slow and delayed and will impact on the extent which completion of the accelerated school infrastructure initiative is going ahead.