This was after The Citizen on Monday published the plight of more than 4 500 public schools shut down across the country partly due to a dwindling number of pupils in the past 20 years and cited some of Gauteng’s 88 of such examples in Soweto.
“If the fact that 73% of pupils are in township schools does not convince you, I can’t convince you,” the visibly upset Creecy said as she refused to answer questions from journalists about admissions during a press briefing organised alongside a 20-Year Review Conference on the status of education in Gauteng held in Turfontein, south of Johannesburg.
When the newspaper alerted the MEC to a lack of demand in several public schools in the townships since admissions opened for 2015 on April 7, while parents slept in queues outside former Model C schools in suburban areas desperate to find places for their childrin belief thaten there believing they offer better quality education, Creecy disagreed.
“Seventy-three percent of pupils are in township schools, it doesn’t require a strategy to retain them,” she said.
The closing date for applications is May 27.
The Citizen this week visited six more public schools in Soweto that still boasted good reputations – pupil numbers ranged between 400 and 1 500 – have healthy academic records as well as great facilities that in some cases included reasonably equipped sports grounds.
The schools included Fons Luminis Secondary School in Diepkloof Phase 3 and Reasoma Secondary School in Protea North, popular for producing the highest number of matric ulants with a university entrance pass.