Gugulethu primary pupils to receive catch-up plan amid protest

Vukukhanye Primary School pupils and teachers have been barred from entering the premises by protesters.

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CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer says plans will be implemented to catch up on teaching and learning at a Gugulethu primary school following days of protest action in the area.

Thursday is the fifth day that about 700 pupils at Vukukhanye Primary School in Section 4 cannot attend school as a result of ongoing demonstrations due to land and housing dispute.

Pupils and teachers have been barred from entering the premises by protesters, starting fires outside the school gate.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille visited the troubled community on Wednesday night in a bid to calm tensions and listen to the community's grievances.

Schafer says it's not yet clear when classes would resume.

“It’s always a complex thing when people are occupying land and you’ve got to find land. We have been engaging with the city and now believe they are resorting to legal action to get some kind of interdict.”