W Cape school closes doors for now

2012-03-14 16:23

Cape Town - The troubled Umyezo Wama Apile combined school in Grabouw, Cape Town, will be closed until April, the Western Cape education department said on Wednesday.

"The disruption and intimidation of teachers and learners have made it impossible for normal teaching and learning to take place," MEC Donald Grant said.

"The department has not taken this step lightly and remains committed to its policy of protecting teaching and learning time."

Members of the Elgin Grabouw Civic Organisation barged into the school last week to demand the building of a new school.

Some facilities were set alight and a few people were arrested for public violence.

Disruptions continued this week when civic organisation members stormed classrooms and demanded that classes stop.

They told pupils that Grant had not responded to a memorandum in which the group demanded new classrooms be built.

Grant said he responded to the memorandum last Friday and was doing everything to obtain a site for a new school, news which the organisation "chose to ignore".

Pupils would be dismissed from Wednesday till the start of a new school term on April 10.

He said district officials would assist teachers with preparing syllabus catch-up plans.

"The school's management team and other educators will report for duty as usual and will continue with school-related activities for the remainder of the term."

  • Nkulekweni - 2012-03-14 16:38

    Of course...burn the school whilst demanding that another one be built. What is this? Are we not sick as a nation of all these acts of senseless destruction. Why are tougher laws against such acts not introduced. There are so few libraries is SA, there is a shortage of schools, of housing ect...but we regularly burn it tantrums that flare up all year round. There are better ways of making the government do what you expect as them out!!!! March in the streets and demand their resignation ect ect ect...burning and looting the very things you should treasure cannot be the answer...grow up South Africa.

  • Rob - 2012-03-14 18:58

    It is obvious this is part of the anc's cronies campaign to make the Western Cape ungovernable due to their bitterness over the loss of the Western Cape to the DA. What is happening here and in other neighbouring towns such as Villiersdorp is part of their devious and evil plan to copy what is taking place in all the other eight provinces on a regular basis in order to make the DA seem as bad as the anc.

  • margaret.mead1 - 2012-03-19 08:24

    Senseless, idiotic, and pointless. By destroying one thing you can't instigate another. Now I hear there are demos because the school was closed. Isn't that what they wanted? I just can't understand it. This is the opposite of what should be achieved. Burning and looting are just expressions of violence and completely unproductive. Much better to use your vote to get what you want. It might take time, but it's the best way. And GROW UP! THINK!

  • curbylee1 - 2012-03-19 10:26

    I am sure this is not an isloated incident. This orchastrated by politics. But this should have been solved long time back anyhow. Could someone disect the educational Dept finances given to different provinces?? The government is slow to roll oout new schools, due to the fact that there will be lees money over for corruption. More teachers will hv to be employed, I do not know how they bring job creation together with this slow pace or lack of developement. It remains to be seen how long it takes to roll out the new "reconstruction program". Let's wait n see. Nkosi Sikeleli Iafrica

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