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Grabouw residents unhappy with school handover

Some parents feel MEC Donald Grant should have been there to welcome the pupils.

Some of the new temporal classrooms in Grabouw on 16 July 2012. Picture: Janine Willemans/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Some Grabouw residents on Monday said they were not happy with the way in which a new mobile school was handed over by education officials.

More than 500 pupils were taught at the new premises on the first day of the third term.

However, some parents feel Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant should have been there to welcome the pupils.

One resident expressed her disappointment at the MEC.

"We heard that the MEC came by yesterday. They sat at the country club and then came to inspect the school. They left without meeting with the parents or the principal of the school."

In March, Grabouw residents protested against overcrowding at Umyezo Wama Apile Combined School.

Protesters torched two classrooms and four people were arrested for public violence.

The department then decided to move grade 11 and 12 pupils to Kuils River.