School's still out for children of Atlantis school

2016-01-29 22:00
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(Picture: Fiona Abrahams)

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Cape Town – The parents of Avondale Primary School in Atlantis have vowed to keep their children out of school until the Western Cape education department sorts out the school building which they say is unsafe.

Shane Jennicker, chairperson of the school governing body, said parents marched to the Western Cape legislature on Friday hoping to get the ear of Education MEC Debbie Schafer, but to no avail.

Jennicker said a structural engineer visited the school and had confirmed that some parts of the building are structurally unsafe.

There had been a suggestion that the children and teachers use mobile classrooms at enormous cost or be enrolled at other schools in the area until the building is made safe again.

But the parents have not agreed to this and have vowed to carry on protesting.

''I have two children in that school and I don't want any children in the school, it is not safe,'' said Jennicker, adding that they wanted a new building.

Schafer said the department's engineer had cordoned off sections of the school considered unsafe after the parents blocked the entrance to the school earlier this year.

It had committed to building the new school in the 2016/17 financial year.

''During this whole process, the education department has engaged regularly with the school governing body and the community and we believe that, in the meantime, a general agreement has been reached on how the department will address the structural needs of the school,'' said Schafer.

Jennicker said a meeting to discuss this was planned for next week.

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