A group of 14 schools earmarked for closure in 2012 by former education MEC Donald Grant will, at least for 2015, function as if the threat of closure never existed. This is according to Save Our Schools co-ordinator Vanessa le Roux, who says an agreement was brokered between the organization, the schools they champion and the Department of Education.
“The WCED last week approached our legal representation with an informal offer that we withdraw our Constitutional Court application to have a Supreme Court of Appeals decision allowing them to close these schools. In exchange they would withdraw all notices to these fourteen schools.”
Le Roux says the schools would be allowed to remain open this year while the Department places them under review for the 2016 school year.
“They admitted there had been a number of changes in some of these schools, which means that they might not be up for consideration for closure once the new process is complete. We contacted the schools, their communities and our lawyer explained the advantages and disadvantages of accepting such a deal. We agreed to accept it and that is where we are now,” she said.
Le Roux explained that until the Department begins its review process all of the earmarked schools will operate as if the 2012 proposal to close them never happened. VOC