Children at Central Methodist Church to get proper schooling

The Gauteng Education Department on Friday said over 200 school children at the Central Methodist...

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The Gauteng Education Department on Friday said over 200 school children at the <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><placename w:st="on">Central<placename w:st="on">Methodist<placetype w:st="on">Church in central <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Johannesburg will now be taught at the nearby Sci-Bono Discovery Centre.

The department told the church, which houses thousands of foreigners, to shut down an illegal school operating there.

It said some youngsters are being taught in church pews, their health and safety is compromised and that, in one case, four different lessons have been happening simultaneously in one room.

The <place w:st="on"><placename w:st="on">Methodist<placetype w:st="on">Church is co-operating with officials and Gauteng Education’s Charles Phahlane said the children are happy about the development.

“We spoke to the learners yesterday and explained that we will be moving them from that location to the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre and they were excited,” said Phahlane.