The Eastern Cape government is forging ahead with the closure of dysfunctional schools. More than one thousand non-viable schools across the province will be affected.

The program is meant to ensure the augmentation of the limited state resources, for the benefit of every learner in the province. The communities of the affected schools have been given 30 days to make submissions.

MEC for education Fundile Gade says the merging of schools will improve the overall quality of education in the province.

“Unviable, dysfunctional schools in any system are a nerve because they are part of the dysfunctionality of the entire system but the intention is not to close them. The intention is to get a sense of what then becomes a broader view of the communities that are being served and how do you save government unnecessary expenditure out of those institutions that are dysfunctional from that one thousand already about 400 of them are likely to be re-purposed.”

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said the education sector is ready to reopen schools this past Monday. She was addressing the media in Pretoria on Saturday on the basic education sector’s response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Motshekga says although the sector is ready to reopen schools, President Cyril Ramaphosa has the final say.

Motshekga also gave an update on the vandalised schools during the recent unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

She says the KZN Education Department submitted a list of schools that have been vandalised.

Motshekga says the education sector suffered around R300 million in damages.

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