Schooling has been interrupted at a number of Kraaifontein high schools after a group dismayed Bloekombos Secondary School pupils and their parents staged a second day protest against overcrowding.
The pupils were joined in solidarity by their peers at Masibambane Secondary School this morning disrupting and littering other schools in Wallacedene and Bloekombos.They also blocking off Old Paarl Road and chased away vehicles attempting to use the road.Police were monitoring the situation.
Protesters are demanding Western Cape Education Department(WCED) build a new high school in the area to alleviate overcrowding at the schools as some classes were currently accommodating 80 to 90 pupils.
This, as the (WCED) threatened yesterday to take legal and disciplinary action should teachers and parents continue to shut down Bloekombos Secondary School.
The parents said the school has a capacity for 1 200 pupils but 2 116 pupils were enrolled.
A Bloekombos SGB member who did not want to be named, for fear of reprisals said:“We have resorted to this because our cries have landed on deaf ears. We have tried to engage with the department and informed them of the pressure and the difficulty whereby one teacher must educate 81 pupils. The same teachers will have to educate another class of about 70 pupils when they change classes."
Provincial education spokesperson Jessica Shelver said no new school will be built because a new school was opened in the area in January this year and was being under- utilised.