Parents complain of school overcrowding

Some Khayelitsha pupils have been missing out on schooling due to overcrowding.

ANC councillor Andile Lili. Picture: Catherine Rice/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Some Khayelitsha parents whose children are attending an illegal school have blamed overcrowding as their reason for not enrolling their children at a registered school in the area.

The Western Cape Education Department has set up mobile classrooms at the Ludwe Ngamlana Primary School to accommodate more than 100 children attending an unregistered school in Zwelitsha since the start of 2013.

However, so far only eight pupils have been enrolled.

Parents are demanding a separate school with the same educators that were teaching at the illegal school.

Parent Andile Lili says their children will not receive quality education at Ludwe Ngamlana.

"If those kids from Zwelitsha Primary School join Ngamlana then we'll have about 1,800 kids in one school. If we are talking about quality education we have to look at the issue of numbers and the distance they have to travel to get to school."

However, the Provincial Education Department's Bronagh Casey says they are concerned by the amount of school time the learners have missed.

"We do believe there are parents that want to enrol their children in Ludwe Ngamlana Primary School but are either intimidated or prevented from doing so. We appeal to these parents to take up this offer of enrolling their children at this school."

The Public Works Department will build 70 new schools throughout the province over the next three years.