WCED moved Uitsig Secondary School learners amid safety concerns

A dept official says it’s not their intention to close the school & they need to conduct a safety assessment.

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CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) says a safety assessment will be completed at Uitsig Secondary School over the next six weeks.

The school building, near Ravensmead, has been declared structurally unsafe.

An engineer's report was handed to the department earlier this week, advising learners and staff to vacate the premises as soon as possible.

From Monday, 235 learners will resume classes at a hall in the nearby Ravensmead Secondary School until the end of this term.

Angry parents and learners of Uitsig Secondary School took to the streets earlier this week, fearing the school would be completely shut down.

WCED MEC Debbie Schäfer's spokesperson, Jessica Shelver, says this period will allow officials to complete a safety assessment of the building.

"It is not our intention to close Uitsig Secondary School, but rather to move the learners to a safe and secure environment where they can write their exams which begin on Monday next week. Unfortunately, this is the only option at this stage."

Department officials are currently meeting with members of teacher's union Sadtu and trade union Cosatu to discuss the issue.