Cape Town – Parents of pupils attending Diaz Primary School in Mossel Bay have said they are shocked to learn that a replacement school would not be big enough to accommodate 60 Grade R pupils.
The parents said they received the news during a meeting with the school governing body (SGB), where they were also told that two teachers could potentially lose their jobs with the school moving to the new building.
According to the SGB, construction of the new school finally got under way after years of applying to the department to replace the current school, made of inappropriate material. The new school is expected to be opened later this month.
SGB chairperson Geoffrey Gordon said they had been informed that the new school had two classes fewer. “Construction of two more classes was not approved; the school received permission to have two temporary classes moved to the new site for the Grade Rs.
“Last week we were informed that this would no longer be happening, with the result being that 60 Grade R learners would then have to find another school, and this may mean two teachers losing their jobs,” he said.