14 January 2013

South Africa: Western Cape Education Department Must Move Quickly to Rectify the Situation At Bonnievale High School

press release

The IFP would like to urge the Department of Education in the Western Cape to move quickly with their plans for late enrolments of students, particularly with regard to the current situation at Bonnievale High School in the Western Cape, where pupils from Bonnievale Primary School have not yet been placed in Bonnievale High School because of insufficient space. Schools in the Western Cape are re-opening on Wednesday; we do not want learners to be missing the first day of school.

IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mr Alfred Mpontshane MP said, "Parents should not have to send their children to schools that are long distances from where they are staying when there is a high school in their area. Bonnievale High School should have prepared for Bonnievale Primary School pupils as they know the primary school ends at Grade 9. The Department must forward-plan and ensure that there is sufficient space at schools for our learners. Situations like this should not be occurring 18 years into our democracy".

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