Hoërskool Overvaal: Parents urged to send pupils to school

Demonstrators have been calling for an end to the school's Afrikaans-only language policy.

Hoërskool Overvaal in Vereeniging where EFF members are protesting the school's admission policy on 17 January 2018. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

VEREENIGING - A NGO offering life coaching at Hoërskool Overvaal has encouraged parents to allow their children to go to school despite three consecutive days of sometimes violent protests.

Demonstrators have been calling for an end to the school's Afrikaans-only language policy.

There's an increase in police presence at the school on Friday.

Some parents have opted to keep their children away from school as protests over language policy and transformation continue there.

The school’s life coach Pierre Ronquest.

"We're motivating the parents as far as we can. We've sending SMSes everyday, we're calling the parents that aren't bringing their children to school to motivate them to bring the kids back."

Parents and some community members have been gathering here at the school since earlier this morning.

Additional African National Congress (ANC) and Cosas members have arrived at the school and they've asked police permission to hold what they’ve described as a peaceful protest outside the premises.