Gauteng’s rich and poor schools set to merge

Gauteng’s rich and poor schools set to merge

Johannesburg – The Gauteng Department of Education is forging ahead with its school merging pilot project and come January next year 10 schools – two in each of the province’s five metros – will have a merged school governing body (SGB).

Speaking at a press briefing after tabling the department’s R32.8 billion budget for 2014/15 at the Gauteng Legislature last week, Lesufi said the department’s aim was to “stretch the rand” and ensure that resources in the education system were shared.

“That’s the hallmark of my administration – the capability of the system to share the resources that we have across all the learners, teachers and parents in the system,” he said.

“For us to deliver a quality education, a school in Sundown and a school in Alexandra must share their sporting facilities, their library, because I won’t have money to build a laboratory in Alexandra. Our motivation for twinning the schools is to maximise resources and efficiency and the desire to have quality education, nothing else. It has nothing to do with politics.”

If everything goes according to plan, well-resourced schools will be merged with poor schools, and the unified schools will have one principal, one SGB and one bank account. The schools will share resources, facilities and staff members…

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