WC Education Dept explores options to open troubled newly-built Dunoon school
The school can’t be opened as the water pressure to the school is too low, which will affect fire hydrants.
In May construction of the school, which can accommodate over 1,000 pupils, was completed. It however can't be opened as the water pressure to the school is too low, which will affect fire hydrants.
The WCED says it fears should a blaze break out at or near the school, fire hydrants won't be effective due to the low water pressure.
The City of Cape Town says it took as long as three years before the problem is resolved and the school is opened.
The provincial education MEC's spokesperson Jessica Shelver says this is not an option.
"We can't wait three years to put learners into the classes. We are looking at alternative options which will include installing a booster pump or perhaps installing boreholes. This will obviously come in at a huge cost to the education department. The boreholes alone could cost up to R10 million which we don't have."
Shelver adds the department is prioritising the matter.