Matrics moved to safe exam venue due to gang violence

WCED office. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)
WCED office. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Cape Town - More than 100 matric pupils have been moved from Lavender Hill High School to Kuils River to write their mid-year exams after violence flared up around them, the Western Cape education department (WCED) said on Friday.

"There is absolutely no doubt that the flare-up of gang violence in the Lavender Hill area impacts our learners and it is for this reason that we have made arrangements for 132 Grade 12 learners from Lavender Hill to be transported to and accommodated at a venue in Kuils River to write their Grade 12 June examinations," said WCED spokesperson Jessica Shelver.

"For the learners this is the most important year in their school career and we hope that the move will provide an environment that is conducive to learning so that the learners can have the best opportunity to do well in their exams."

Lavender Hill High School and three other schools were closed for over a week in May with parents refusing to let their children run the gauntlet of gun battles, and teaching staff too scared to be at the school.

The shootings are not directed at the children, but they occur within earshot of the school.

The schools reopened later in May, but the department decided to take the latest precaution to keep the pupils safe.

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