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Western Cape Schools Making Way For More Learners

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The Western Cape Education Department is working on a plan to finalise school placements for unplaced learners. 

The finalised plan is expected to make way for 2 550 unplaced learners in the province. 

Western Cape MEC for Education, Debbie Schäfer recently admitted that schools in the province are full. 

“I must go on record and be clear: Western Cape schools are full,” 

Now, the plan to place these learners will involve providing 129 mobile classrooms and additional teaching posts. 

The province has reprioritised funding in order to make this possible. 

“The plan would not be possible without additional funding. This has been the main thorn in our side with regards to additional infrastructure and teachers. We have had to reprioritise existing funding for this, and this means our future budget allocations will be negatively affected, as well as our current long-term plans,” said Schäfer.

Schäfer acknowledged that mobile classrooms will take some time to construct, and the department will have to put some temporary plans in motion. 

Schools that have additional teaching posts have agreed to accommodate learners in alternative venues. 

This includes placing learners in school halls, until the department is able to provide classrooms.

Parents have been assured that learners will be placed in schools, allowing them to start in the second term. 

“The department is well aware that these learners have missed a full term of work, and lesson packs for the first term will be made available at the schools where the learners will be placed.

Learners will also receive support from the department, as they catch up with work they missed in the first term. 

“District officials will also guide schools on how to support learners with a catch-up plan, and will monitor the learners’ assessment results for the second term to determine future support programmes."

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