Today the DA visited Ilungelo Public School in Kwazakhele, Port Elizabeth, one of the 310 schools gazetted for closure this year by the Eastern Cape government.
Less than a tenth of this number of schools were closed in the Western Cape, but for very different reasons.
Where the DA governs, we focus on quality education with a goal of zero under-performing schools by 2014.
Hypocritically, the ANC has attacked us for relocating learners to better schools in a small number of cases where it is the best and only option for a good education.
Where the ANC governs, it runs so many schools into the ground that parents shut these dysfunctional and dangerous spaces down themselves.
Ilungelo Public school is an example of the rot in Eastern Cape education behind many of the 310 school closures.
Parents unofficially closed the school down 3 years ago.
Parents informed the DA they closed the school because the principal abused alcohol and teachers did as they pleased.
No learning took place and the children were found roaming around in the streets during school hours.
The school was in fact run into the ground by the Eastern Cape Education Department’s total neglect of learners.
Despite the great need for a school in the area, parents were left with no choice but to send their children to schools in other areas.
Ilungelo school now stands empty with its windows and doors stolen as the Department moves to officially close it.