The Constitutional Court has dismissed an appeal by Uitsig High School against Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer’s decision to close it.
This means the school will be closing down. According to the department, it's too expensive to refurbish the run-down school building.
Uitsig High School’s governing body has been fighting for about three years to keep the doors open, calling instead on the provincial Education Department to upgrade it.
Former Cosatu Western Cape Regional Secretary Tony Ehrenreich has been supporting the school governing body in its fight to keep the school open.
Africa Melane speaks to Cosatu parliamentary officer, Tony Ehrenreich about the Constitutional Court ruling dismissing an appeal by Uitsig High School against Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer’s decision to close the school.
It's an unfortunate outcome for the learners of Uitsig High.— Tony Ehrenreich, Parliamentary officer - Cosatu
Uitsig has three primary and one high school, he says.
With the high school gone, learners will have to move to a neighbouring high school which will raise the level of overcrowding in that school.— Tony Ehrenreich, Parliamentary officer - Cosatu
But also the dropout rate in Uitsig will now increase, he adds, given the high levels of gangsterism in the area resulting in difficulty for learners to move from one area to another.
He says while the courts may have found that the correct procedure was not followed, it has not taken into account the best interests of the learners in the area.
The neighbouring high schools are about 2 kilometres away.
But Erehenreich is sticking to his guns that the Western Cape Education Department is not taking into consideration the needs of the pupils in the area and is not allocating adequate funds to education in poorer communities.
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