Community helps matrics amid protests

2015-11-03 06:00

Ongoing protests in Masiphumelele have led to disruption at local schools.

The protests have seen over 200 matrics, who attend Masiphumelele High School, taken to and accommodated at an undisclosed venue by the Western Cape education department to ensure their safety while writing exams.

This reportedly follows threats made by protesters.

But pupils travelling to other schools have also been affected, with pupils reportedly facing intimidation against attending school.

Fish Hoek High School has made arrangements to accommodate matrics from Masiphumelele writing their exams at the school.

“Studying has been extremely difficult under the circumstances,” says school spokesperson Sherri Bell. “We have found alternative accommodation for matrics living in Masi. We have also been instrumental in finding safe homes for Masi-based matrics from Ocean View High School and Simon’s Town High School.”

Ocean View High principal Keith Klein says attendance of all pupils, not only matrics, has been impacted by the protests.

“Our attendance drops by about 20% when there is a protest. It really has a big impact on exam preparation, especially as we start final exams,” he says.

Fish Hoek High has also received donations from the community and is putting together goodie bags to help matrics during this period. Donations of stationery, snacks, toiletries and airtime are welcomed by the school, Bell says.

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