Western Cape ready for new school year - MEC

2016-01-13 13:00
Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer speaks to a pupil at Intshinga Primary School in Gugulethu, Cape Town. (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer speaks to a pupil at Intshinga Primary School in Gugulethu, Cape Town. (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

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We're as prepared as we possibly can be - Western Cape MEC for education

2016-01-13 12:59

Speaking at the first day of school at the Intshinga Primary School in Gugulethu, the Western Cape MEC for education said the province was ready for the school year.WATCH

Cape Town – The Western Cape is as prepared as it can be for the new school year, even as it dealt with late registration and migration of pupils, the province's education MEC said on Wednesday.

Visiting the Intshinga Primary School in Gugulethu, Debbie Schäfer said a few areas were notorious for late registration. These included the Metro North Regions, Strand, Paarl, and Mfuleni.

“And we are addressing these as best we can.”

She said there were no indications as yet of how many pupils needed to be placed. She urged parents to approach their local district office as soon as possible to get help finding a school for their children.

She said the province had a smooth start to the school year. Publishers had delivered all the textbooks schools had ordered via the department’s online system at the end of last year. Schools could place top-up orders should they get more pupils.

Suppliers had delivered additional desks and chairs on time. The department had ordered extra mobile classrooms, which would be relocated as needed.

She said it was heartwarming to see so many parents accompanying their children to school on their first day.

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