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Bishop Lavis school faces another tough hurdle

Security staff at a CT high school have gone off site due to payments issues, leaving it open to vandals.

Toilets at a Cape Town school where intruders ripped basins from the wall. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Staff at a Cape Town high school fear vandals will leave their facility in ruins now that security guards have left.

Five classrooms at Beauvallon Secondary School in Bishop Lavis have already been reduced to just shells due to damages caused during several break-ins.

Principal David Lawn says when the school was listed for closure, the Department of Public Works provided security.

However, there is some confusion after it was decided the school should stay open, a decision made late last year by the Western Cape High Court.

It ruled that 17 schools out of the 18 institutions which were due to be shut at the end of December 2012 may remain open for a while longer.

Lawn says the guards informed him last week they will not be returning.

"No one spoke to us; we heard from the security company that the services would be withdrawn. The reason they received was that they couldn't be afforded anymore."

Western Cape Public Works MEC Robin Carlisle says his directorate only provides security if a state asset is vacant.

"Maybe there's been some confusion around whether it was going to be closed and then it wasn't going to be closed. But it would be the responsibility of the Education Department, not Public Works."

Meanwhile, the Western Cape Education Department's Bronagh Casey says she has been informed the school's security was not provided by her department.

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