THE Western Cape provincial government has denied allegations by the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) that it wants to privatise public schools in poor areas, which Sadtu says will lead to teachers losing their jobs.The union, together with the South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Western Cape and Congress of South African Students, on Thursday picketed outside the Western Cape education department, calling for the scrapping of the collaborative schools pilot project.The department has created a new schooling model, dubbed collaboration schools, where donors, including private foundations, play a major role in the day-to-day running of the school.The department said support organisations, called operating partners, would ensure intensive school-level support to teachers and principals through training, additional resources, monitoring and regular feedback.The pilot project is being rolled out from this year for a trial period of five years, and will be impleme...

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