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Mfuleni parents reach agreement with education dept

A community leader says the department initially proposed the children go to surrounding areas for schooling.

FILE: Backpacks outside a classroom at the Sea Point Primary School. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Mfuleni parents whose children are still without schools have been put at ease after an agreement was reached with the Western Cape department.

Hundreds of learners were left stranded after they were told there was no space at local schools.

Community leaders organised a tent structure and volunteer teachers to assist and teach those left at home.

A community hall packed with frustrated parents was calmed by the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and the education department.

Community leader Bongani Tyembile says the department had initially proposed the children go to surrounding areas for schooling.

"They suggested transporting the children to Kraaifontein, Gugulethu and Khayelitsha but we said no, we don't want that we want the kids here."

They then agreed to look into providing temporary structures on the property of existing schools, while trying to find space at other schools in the area.

Last week, the parents threatened to burn down schools if the education department didn't make space for almost 1,000 pupils who have not been placed.