Grabouw pupils transferred
Cape Town - Over 200 Umyezo Wama Apile school pupils in Grabouw began classes at an institute in Kuils River on Monday, the Western Cape education department said.
MEC Donald Grant said the Grade 11 and 12 pupils arrived at the Cape Teaching and Leadership Institute on Sunday, where they would board for three months because of overcrowding at their school.
He said this was agreed upon by parents, teachers, school management and the governing body last week. Three teachers would join pupils at the institute. A principal had also been appointed to run the Kuils River site.
"Learners will receive teaching as per a normal school week from Monday to Friday and return home during the weekends.
"The proposed venue has comfortable sleeping accommodation, 24-hour security and sports and recreational facilities. Learners will be provided with three nutritious meals a day."
There were recently violent protests in Grabouw over lack of space at schools and other education matters. Grant said pupils would undergo an intensive academic programme to catch up on work lost during the unrest.
A review of two proposed sites for a mobile school in Grabouw would be completed this week, with construction to begin as soon as possible.
Grant and provincial transport MEC Robin Carlisle wrote to Public Works Minister Thembelani Nxesi last week to expedite the transfer of an identified site for a permanent school.