Education officials contradict each other on Gauteng school closures

Khume Ramulifho MPL

DA Shadow MEC: Education

According to the Gauteng Education Department’s Annual 2013/4 report, there are 2056 public ordinary schools in the province.

However, this number differs from several other reports from the department and raises questions regarding the department’s integrity in this regard.

For example, in the First Quarterly report in January 2014 the department claimed they aimed to visit 2070 public ordinary schools. In the Fourth Quarterly report, they claimed to have supplied 2083 schools in the province with tablets.

Further, the provincial department claims to have built 18 new schools in 2014 and to have closed 11 over the past five years.

However, this is contradicted by a reply to DA questions posed by my colleague in the national assembly, Annette Lovemore MP. In this response Minister for Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, indicated that 28 schools have been closed in Gauteng since 2012.

One or both of these departments are misleading the public on the number of schools and school closures in Gauteng.

The DA calls on Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, to immediately clarify the status of Gauteng schools, including exact numbers, closures and how many have been built in the province over the past five financial years.

Such obvious contradictions are not acceptable and do not inspire confidence in these department’s officials,