Silverstream to reopen next year

2015-07-14 06:00
Silverstream Primary School is currently being demolished to be revamped. The school is set to reopen in February next year after an extensive upgrade. Some pupils will, however, already be moving into new classrooms in the next school term.

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Silverstream Primary School is currently being demolished to be revamped. The school is set to reopen in February next year after an extensive upgrade. Some pupils will, however, already be moving into new classrooms in the next school term. PHOTO

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The Manenberg community can soon look forward to a new primary school with added facilities.

The Silverstream Primary School is currently undergoing renovations and will soon have space for 1000 pupils. Revamping the school building is costing R62m.

The school building, which is currently being demolished, will be completed by February next year.

Provincial education department spokesperson Jessica Shelver says the department is completing eleven new schools before the end of this year while an extra 15 are under construction.

Shelver adds demolition at Silverstream Primary School started on 15 May. A few pupils will already be moved into new classrooms in the next school term.

“The pupils were accommodated in the old school until now. Pupils will move into some completed classrooms when the new term starts,” Shelver explains.

Added roomsThe new school will be equipped with added facilities, she says.

“[The upgrades include] a large school, an administration block, 21 classrooms, a computer room, a multipurpose room, a science laboratory, a multimedia centre, a school hall and three Grade R classrooms,” Shelver confirms.

Asked whether more teachers would be appointed at the school, Shelver says this cannot be confirmed yet.

She adds: “The department invests heavily into school infrastructure to meet the demand for education in the province. The allocation towards new and replacement schools is just over R915m this financial year, and R2.4bn in a three-year period,” she says.

Shelver adds 38 replacement schools are being built or completed in this financial year.

“We must also be cognisant of the fact that the large numbers of inward migration to this province has financial and planning consequences for the department. It also impacts the provisioning of education resources and the overall management of the system,” Shelver elaborates.

More and more pupilsEvery child that enters the province seeking school enrolment needs to be accommodated with the necessary resources, she adds.

“On average, every pupil in the Western Cape costs the public purse R12 000 each year. This includes their norms and standards allocations and teacher salaries averaged on a per pupil basis,” she says.

Shelver explains the influx of pupils from the Eastern Cape over the past five years has cost the provincial government almost R2bn.

“The highest influx annually is from the Eastern Cape. The influx of pupils from the Eastern Cape over the last year cost the department R238m and this year cost the public purse R227m,” Shelver says.

She adds that with 22 000 new pupils entering the Western Cape at the beginning of every year, the government would need to build a total of 22 schools per year “simply to meet demand for schooling in the Western Cape.”

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