Cape Town parents, pupils block road in protest over school placements

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Education MEC Debbie Schafer.
Education MEC Debbie Schafer.
Marvin Charles, News24
  • Parents and pupils have blocked off Old Faure Road with chairs during a protest over school placements.
  • Parents are demanding that the Western Cape education department provide their children with places in schools.
  • According to the department, the children are now being held at ransom.

A group of parents and pupils took to the streets to block off Old Faure Road with chairs, demanding that the Western Cape Department of Education (WCED) provide their children with placement in proper schools.

Angry parents, whose children have been schooled at the "illegal" Empumelelweni Primary School in Eerste River, blocked off roads on Monday, urging the WCED to place their children in schools or to recognise the illegal school they currently attend. 

The protest action comes a few days after the department promised it would place the remaining pupils at schools.

READ | Education dept plans to admit remaining 735 unplaced pupils in Western Cape schools by Friday

Education MEC Debbie Schafer said they had found spaces for 117 unplaced pupils at different schools.

"Unfortunately, despite this agreement, it seems that a number of individuals are willing to continue to exploit children by demanding that this illegal school be recognised," said Schafer.

She added that their demands continued to relate to the employment of educators at the illegal school. 

Disgruntled parents lined Old Faure Road, chanting and singing struggle songs. 

Schafer added:

Instead of allowing the learners to be placed at a legal school with all the necessary resources and support, the children are now being held as ransom for the demands of these individuals.

She said this was a very sad situation which had to end.

According to the Constitution, everyone has the right to primary education, including adult basic education and further education, which the state, through reasonable measures, must make available and accessible.

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