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
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
“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.
IFP Western Cape Premier Candidate,
Mr Len Swimmer, Cell: 082 452 1799
IFP Parliamentary Caucus’s Media Liaison
Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, Cell: 072 497