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Parents to keep Atlantis school closed until demands are met

Parents shut down Avondale Primary School on Wednesday claiming the school poses a danger to learners.

Avondale Primary School in Atlantis. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A group of angry Atlantis parents want engineers to assess a primary school building before they'll allow teaching to resume.

Parents shut down Avondale Primary School on Wednesday claiming the school poses a danger to learners and teachers.

They've demanded a new school to be built.

The protesting parents say they've given Western Cape Education Department (WCED) until Tuesday to respond to their demands.

They've rejected a proposal to refurbish the school, which they say is too dangerous for occupation.

"They speak about paint. Paint on what? There are no walls holding this school together anymore," a concerned parent said.

Another parent said a 'separation wall' at the school was cracked and added it was unsafe for learners.

Parents say the school will remain closed until they are told exactly when the new school will be built.