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Mobile school opened

Grades 11 and 12 pupils from previously troubled Umyezo Wama Apile school have a facility to learn in.

Education MEC Donald Grant. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - At the start of the third school term on Monday, the Provincial Education Department said more than 500 pupils from the previously troubled Umyezo Wama Apile school will be returning to new facilities this morning.

The school made headlines earlier this year when violence broke out.

The apparent reasoning was overcrowding.

The school was temporarily closed.

Matriculants and grade 11 pupils were moved to a teaching college in Kuilsriver.

Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant said the opening of the new mobile school this morning will be the start of a new chapter for these pupils.

"There are now 525 of those learners who will begin school on Monday. It's great because we can accommodate all the learners from grades nine to 12."

He said children in the lower grades will be kept at the old building, while the construction of their new school continues.

"It lessens the pressure on the existing school by taking part of it to a satellite camper, but we're going full steam ahead with our plan to start building a permanent high school which, I hope, will open its doors in 2014."