New classes for school growth

Two additional classrooms are expected to ease the crowded Ocean View classrooms.

The two mobile classrooms have been allocated to Kleinberg Primary for the next school year, confirms Western Cape Education Department (WCED) spokesperson Jessica Shelver. “Early in 2016 the school had a waiting list of 30 Grade 1 learners. The WCED placed an additional teacher at the school to accommodate the learners. These learners are however housed in one of the labs, which is not ideal,” she says.

Kleinberg Primary has also been identified by the department as a school in need of replacement and was included in the 10-year planning framework (“10-year plan tackles numbers”, People’s Post, 28 June).

Kleinberg Primary operates at a learner-to-classroom ratio of 34 learners per class.

Marine Primary has a learner-to-classroom ratio of 39 learners per class. The norm of the department in terms of classroom provision is 40 learners per class.

The mobile classrooms have been assigned based on “new developments and growth” in the Ocean View area, Shelver says. “Marine Primary has over 1400 learners and some of these learners must be placed at Kleinberg. Kleinberg is also a no-fee school and parents are now shifting to Kleinberg instead of Marine. There has also been an influx of learners from Masiphumelele and Red Hill,” she says.

The influx of pupils can be attributed to a high number of learners migrating to the area from other provinces.

“In particular, the area around Masiphumelele has experienced large growth in numbers and seen an influx of learners from other provinces.

“Most of the time we can predict where we will see strong growth in demand. We also plan for the unexpected, where possible. While this additional planning was in place, we always face unexpected growth in various areas or certain grades that we cannot plan for.”

This year alone, almost 25 000 learners from other provinces enrolled in the Western Cape.

The department does not have immediate plans to construct more schools in the area, but the need for an additional school has been identified in the Masiphumelele area and included in the department’s long term infrastructure planning.

Ocean View Secondary has also been identified for expansion, spokesperson Millicent Merton previously told People’s Post.

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