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College students taught under trees

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Students at Phatsimang College in Kimberley are being taught under the trees due to severely overcrowded classrooms.

College students are being taught outside due to overcrowded classrooms. Picture: Supplied

STUDENTS at Phatsimang College in Kimberley are being taught under the trees due to severely overcrowded classrooms.

A parent meanwhile stated that she was struggling to register her daughter at any of the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges in the city for the first semester intake.

“My daughter completed matric last year and is now sitting idle at home, sleeps till late afternoon and stays up all night. It feels as if she has lost purpose in life. I will try and enrol her for the second semester,” said the concerned parent.

Students at Phatsimang College indicated that there were around 80 students crammed into a classroom.

“We are divided into half, where around 40 students are taught outside. We sit on our school bags or on the ground during lectures. There are not enough classrooms to accommodate all the registered students,” they said.

One student said she enjoyed studying outside.

“I really don’t mind – it is hot and stuffy inside the over-full classroom.”

The Northern Cape Urban TVET College did not respond to media enquiries.

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