Reitumetse Makwea
Journalist
3 minute read
25 Apr 2022
7:00 am

Township schools either abandoned or used as small business hubs

Reitumetse Makwea

Many schools have been turned into havens for criminals and others were repurposed.

Igugu Primary school in Soweto has been closed for some years and only churches and businesses operate there now. Pictures: Nigel Sibanda

Classrooms and corridors which should be full of the sounds of boisterous kids are either silent, or filled with the noise of small businesses in testimony to the sad failure of education in parts of Soweto. The South African education system, characterised by crumbling infrastructure and overcrowded classrooms, has led to many parents abandoning township schools and seeking better quality education for their children in suburban Model C schools. This has left several township schools vacant and abandoned. After scores of lower and higher primary schools were merged in Soweto due to low enrolment numbers, more than 10 schools in...