Kids not in school give grey hairs

2016-02-02 06:00

Some parents in Factreton and Kensington are so frustrated that they can’t get their children in school that they are now seeking outside help.

A few schoolchildren have apparently been sent home and told to wait till further notice. Other children have been scrapped off the schoolbooks because they had missed many school days.

Out of desperation these parents have turned to the Factreton Community Development Organisation (Facdo) for help as they worry that their children are missing out on the academic year.

Ricardo van Niekerk, founder and chairperson of Facdo, says numerous parents have approached him for help. He has been made aware of 12 cases of children who are not at school. And he suspects that there could be more.

Van Niekerk says it’s really frustrating for parents to have their children at home.

“Most of the parents here are already struggling to make ends meet. To have them being sent from pillar to post about school is really frustrating for them. Despite other challenges now they are faced with the worry of their children being at home and not at school,” he says.

“Some of the children left school last year because of different circumstances, like living conditions, struggling families and gangsterism, but we all want them back at school. I’m trying to meet with the principals to have the children at school,” says Van Niekerk.

The provincial department of education has urged parents with children without places at schools to contact their district offices so that the children can be placed.

Debbie Schäfer, provincial minister for education, says: “We caution parents who are enrolling their children late, for whatever reason, that there will be delays in enrolling their child at a school. The provincial education department has an obligation to assist all parents with placement of their children. This, however, does not mean that we guarantee a place in a school of choice, even if these schools are the closest to their home.”

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