Extra buildings for overcrowded school

The Western Cape Education department said on Thursday that many learners would simply have to cope with...

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The Western Cape Education department said on Thursday that many learners would simply have to cope with overcrowded classrooms for a few months. <?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

A number of parents invaded the Enkululekweni primary school in Kraaifontein on Wednesday, after their children were turned away.

The school was already accommodating more than 1600 learners and was loathe taking on any more, as classrooms were already packed to capacity.

The department of Education’s Sindi Shayi told Eyewitness News after lengthy deliberations, they had decided to erect prefabricated classrooms to rectify the situation.

Shayi added parents weren’t happy with the second suggestion, which was to bus children to other schools.

“These were the options that we had and apparently some parents were not happy with that and I agree with that. I mean grade one learners that have to get into some bus or walking to [sic] some distance to some school is just also not on.”