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By unknown | Apr 22, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Parents of children attending Wits University's pre-school are locked in a battle to stop management from closing the school down.

Wits has decided to shut the 22-year-old Aletta Sutton Educare Centre (Asec) in Parktown in June. The school accommodates 82 children.

The university cited financial constraints and also that the creche is "not our core business" as reasons for shutting it down.

The children's parents are staff, students and alumni. The creche was opened to help women and underprivileged staff to progress in their careers by providing safe, convenient and accessible child care.

On Friday parents, staff and children protested outside Senate House.

Asec's head Fikile Nhlapo said: "We cannot accept that they want to close down the centre. In terms of gender equality, they are taking us back." She said though they received a subsidy from Wits, most of the costs were covered by the R1500 fees.

Wits registrar Derek Swemmer said: "Asec has not operated on a virtually self-funding basis.

"The hidden costs of running the centre significantly exceed the income generated by children's fees and fundraising activities of the parents."


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