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Spring break vandalism leaves WC Education Dept with R400k bill

At one school perpetrators set alight a classroom, destroying all learner-teacher material.

FILE: Joe Slovo Engineering High Principal in Khayelitsha had severe vandalism over the past two weeks. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) says vandalism at schools during the spring holiday period is estimated at over R400, 000.

An increase in vandalism incidents have been recorded since the same period since last year.

At one school in the Cape Winelands perpetrators set alight a classroom, destroying all learner-teacher material in that venue.

Provincial Education MEC spokesperson Jessica Shelver says, "We could better spend this money on improving the quality of education in our schools. We are pleading to communities everywhere in the Western Cape to take ownership of their schools and report all suspicious activity to the South African Police Service immediately."

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