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Dunoon residents meet with CT Education Dept

Dunoon parents have complained about schools in the area turning their children away.

Western Cape Education and Dunoon residents, whose children have not been placed in schools in the area, at the school to resolve the matter on 21 July 2015. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Education and Dunoon residents, whose children have not been placed in schools in the area, are meeting to resolve the matter this morning.

Dunoon children who've not been placed in schools in the area this year may have to wait even longer to be placed.

Parents have lambasted the department for the shortage of space at schools in the area.

They have been occupying mobile containers that were initially allocated while the provincial Education Department built Siphokama Primary.

Four of the 35 mobile containers are currently occupied by children who are yet to begin school this year.

Officials from the Western Cape Education Department have today visited the site to complete a list of those needing to be enrolled.

#DuNoonKids Officials say many of the parents aren't present today to assist with providing children's details. MK pic.twitter.com/kIrwerrQfq

At least 75 names were taken down on Monday, but some parents who were due to accompany their children to give officials their details this morning didn't pitch.

Parent Phumeza Ntumizo said they had to work.

"Even now I've been asking other parents to come but there's no answer."

NGO Equal Education Law Centre, representing the parents, is also in Dunoon assisting education officials.

Angry Dunoon parents have complained to the department about schools in the area turning their children away due to a lack of space.

#DuNoonKids Parents say some of the children are too young to be in school but the mobile containers are a place of safety. 1/2

#DuNoonKids 2/2 one of the children who is on the grounds under the supervision of parents who've volunteered. MK pic.twitter.com/gDa1tG2yjH

The departments Jessica Shelver said they are not to blame for some Dunoon children being left stranded without a school.

"This situation that was reported in the media in Dunoon has got nothing to do with the Department of Education's inability to enroll learners. It is in fact parents that came from other provinces during the school holiday period or just at the end of second term and were therefore seeking space for their children in the area."

#DuNoonKids Officials say many of the parents aren't present today to assist with providing children's details. MK pic.twitter.com/kIrwerrQfq

Last week, the Equal Education Law Centre's Solminic Joseph said the organisation is in contact with the parents to help find a solution with the Department of Education.