Farm schools that are working efficiently and effectively should remain open. It makes no sense to close these schools when no scholar transport or boarding facilities are in place.
I have written to the MEC of Education, Mandla Makupula, and the chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Education, Fundile Gade, to request that farm schools that are working efficiently and effectively remain open. We cannot follow a blanket-approach in this matter.
If the rationalisation of farm schools is to proceed, untold numbers of children of farm labourers will have their education opportunities destroyed and remain trapped in their present circumstances.
The DA feels very strongly that many small- and farm schools are efficient and effective. They should be retained, despite smaller learner numbers.
The MEC must bear in mind that the majority of these schools are in remote areas. Merging them with bigger schools will create numerous problems. The department has made no provision for additional scholar transport, which is in a shambolic state anyway. Nor have any new hostels been built to accommodate learners whose schools are to be closed.
The only result of this ill-conceived plan is that these children will be left stranded with little choice but to drop out of school.
This is just another example of how an uncaring government is abandoning the most vulnerable in our society. A caring DA-run provincial government will never allow a situation to develop where children