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Dunoon's container schools in the spotlight

Equal Education say the temporary structures are under-resourced and there is no electricity.

FILE: 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 - The Equal Education Law Centre said children in Dunoon who are being educated in mobile containers have no electricity or resources.

The centre said there are over 750 children who have not been placed in schools this year, being taught by parents and volunteer teachers in temporary structures.

Western Cape Education Department (WCED) said the department is negotiating with the City of Cape Town to list the property so that the temporary school can continue.

Meanwhile, the Equal Education Law Centre said the temporary structures are currently under-resourced

"The electricity was cut in that school, so it's really cold now in Cape Town."

The Western Cape Education spokesperson Jessica Shelver said, "The municipality controls the electricity not the WCED, so they would need to confront the municipality."

Shelver said resources like desks and chairs can only be provided once the list of learners has been verified this week.

Last week, the department met with Dunoon residents, whose children have not been placed in schools in the area, to find solution to the impasse.

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 WCED have today visited the site to complete a list of those needing to be enrolled.