Almost 50 FS farm schools closed

Almost 50 farm schools in its different districts in the Free State have been closed down by the Department of Education, due to low learner enrollment.

Learner count in these schools ranged from 0 to 21 children. Department spokesperson, Howard Ndaba, explains that in 2017 the Independent Schools and Registration Sub Directorate received 90 non-viable farm schools applications, and in the same year, the closure of the identified schools was approved.

In the same year, the closure of the identified schools was approved. However, only 48 of the 90 submitted the required documentation. The documentation included, amongst others, a letter of intent to the farm owner to close the school, an asset register, transfer of learners and teachers and consultative meetings with the parents, teachers and the School Governing Body (SGB) members.

Ndaba said that the department either transferred or transported the learners and teachers to other schools in their districts. OFM News is yet to learn the names of the schools who have not submitted the documentation and whether they are still operating or not.

The number of the 48 gazetted non-viable farm schools closed down in each district includes three from Xhariep, four from Motheo, sixteen from Lejweleputswa, eight from Fezile Dabi and seventeen from Thabo Mofotsanyane.

Some of these schools includes Blydskap in Xhariep, Motheu in Lejweleputswa, Moodepoort in Motheo, Emfuleni in Thabo Mofotsanyane and Daniel Bernado in Fezile Dabi.

OFM News/Elsabé Richard