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EDITORIAL | Phasing out multigrade classes is good. Closing ...

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EDITORIAL | Phasing out multigrade classes is good. Closing small schools is not

Rural schoolchildren will have no chance if government insists on closing schools with less than 135 pupils

Editorial

On Tuesday, Marie Sukers, an African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) MP, made an impassioned plea to parliament to intervene in the reopening of a tiny school in a deep rural area in the Central Karoo.

Seekoegat Vgk Primary School in Prince Albert, a one-teacher institution with 29 pupils in grades 1 to 6, was shut down by the Western Cape education department in December after it was found to be “non-viable”.

Nationally there is a drive to down all “micro-primary” schools, those with less than 135 pupils. Undeterred by the closure of the school, feisty community members, with assistance from private donors, have dug in their heels and kept the school open. ..

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