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Department to assist with migrant learners

The Western Cape Education Department said it had plans in place to deal with an influx of learners from...

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The Western Cape Education Department said it had plans in place to deal with an influx of learners from the <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Eastern Cape.

Each year more learners from the <place w:st="on"><state w:st="on">Eastern Cape migrated to the peninsula in search of better education opportunities.

However, this often placed strain on already overcrowded classrooms.

Education MEC Yousuf Gabru remarked that the same phenomenon recurred annually but it was being dealt with as there was no way the department could turn away the children. <?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

He added that provisions had to be made to minimise the problems.

"We’ve been dealing with it for some time and I’m sure we were able to deal with it," Gabru said.

He explained that they also expected some children to miss the official reopening of schools.

"Those parents get paid monthly. They can often only afford the bus fare at the end of January.

That is a very serious problem," said the MEC.

Gabru has urged parents to make sure their children arrived for class on time prepared to commence the year fresh.