IFP Urges Action on 500 Learners Without School Places
in Western Cape

27 March 2014.



The IFP has urged the Department of Education in the Western Cape to immediately attend to the plight of 500 learners who have lost out on schooling since the beginning of the academic year because there are no school places for them. 


The first school term ends this Friday (28 March), and 500 pupils do not yet have a school place, it has been reported. 


IFP Western Cape Premier Candidate, Mr Len Swimmer said, “We appeal to the Department of Education in the Western Cape to urgently place the 500 learners at schools, as they have already missed out on a lot of learning this year. Being without schooling has already affected these learners. This is likely to affect their results at the end of the year.” 


“It is very concerning that we have children who are sitting at home doing nothing while they are supposed to be learning. This is a complete violation of their right to education. It is the obligation of education authorities to comply with section 7.2 of the South African constitution which clearly says respect, protect, promote and fulfil every child’s need and therefore this must be done as a matter of extreme urgency. ” 


“Mitchells Plain children are the worst affected by the chaotic conditions in the Department of Education. We urge the department to make sure that these neglected learners are placed in schools before the second school term begins.


The learners should be given all necessary assistance to catch up on the work they missed during the first school term,” concluded Mr Swimmer.



Issued by:

IFP Western Cape Premier Candidate, Mr Len Swimmer, Cell: 082 452 1799


Or contact:

IFP Parliamentary Caucus’s Media Liaison Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, Cell: 072 497 1252