Education MEC to visit W Cape schools

2010-08-23 14:44

Cape Town – Western Cape education MEC, Donald Grant will be visiting several schools in the province on Monday, said his spokesperson.

"The (provincial) minister is visiting a range of schools in the Southern Cape today to encourage learners, specifically our Grade 12's to continue reading, writing and calculating," Bronagh Casey, the MEC’s spokesperson told News24.

Casey said 8% (116) of the province’s schools were closed on Friday as a result of the strike.

"Eighteen percent of educators were absent from work," she said.

The Western Cape has reported the lowest disruption to education since public servants started staying away from their posts on Wednesday.

On Friday, the national Department of Education said 70% to 90% of South African schools in other provinces were closed.

On Monday, the Western Cape education department called for volunteers to help the department assist supervising learners at schools.

"Although the majority of our schools are functioning as per normal, there a number of schools where assistance would be greatly appreciated," said Grant.

"We welcome any volunteers, especially those with an education background such as retired teachers, to come assist us in supervising learners at schools."

Volunteers can either call their local schools directly or dial 0800 200 506 to offer their help.

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