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WC Education Dept gives reasons for textbook shortage in Masiphumelele

The WCED has attributed a shortage of textbooks at Masiphumelele High School to protests & fires.

200 pupils from Masiphumelele High School marched to the Western Cape Department of Education to hand over demands for better schooling. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has attributed a shortage of textbooks at Masiphumelele High School to violent protests and a massive shack fire that occurred in the area last year.

WATCH: Conflict and chaos in Masiphumelele

Protesting learners handed over a memorandum of demands and grievances to the department over a week ago.

WATCH: Masiphumelele pupils march to hand over memorandum

The department's Jessica Shelver said, "Due to violent protests in the 2015 NSC examinations, the grade 12 candidates wrote their final examinations at the Glencairn campsite, away from school for their own safety. As a result, the school found it difficult to implement the textbook retrieval policy. There was also a spate of house fires that spread across the area towards the end of last year."