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Dept manages to get 49 mobile classrooms

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A total of 49 mobile classes have been procured by the Northern Cape Department of Education to assist in alleviating the school placement challenge.

The Northern Cape Department has managed to procure 49 mobile classrooms to alleviate the school placement challenge. File image. Picture: Dumisani Sibeko

A TOTAL of 49 mobile classes have been procured by the Northern Cape Department of Education to assist in alleviating the school placement challenge.

Spokesperson for the department, Lehuma Ntuane said the majority of the classroom will be distributed in the Frances Baard District.

“The classrooms will be delivered with the necessary school furniture as from next week. The department is also in the process of the refurbishment of old and damaged school furniture in order to meet the demand for the increased number of learners in the classroom,” said Ntuane.

He said the department is in the final completion stages of placing the learners who have still not been admitted at schools.

“The admissions of learners are finally concluding. The department has through its engagement with school principals created more spaces in particular for Grade R, 1 and 8 learners. Additional Grade R classes have been established at six primary schools in Kimberley. This will address the 45 unplaced learners in the Kimberley area,” he said.

Ntuane said the school of preference by parents is also one of the challenges they are addressing.

“There is adequate space for 18 unplaced Grade 1 learners, however parents still prefer the former Model C schools. This contributes to further delays in the finalisation of the placement of learners,” he said.

He said that the department also abandoned some of its initial plans in addressing the matter.

“We have abandoned the renovations at Elizabeth Conradie Special School hostel as parents were not pleased. We have identified the need for 65 additional educators in light of the significant increase of learners. Schools are in the process of recruiting the additional educators based on the required profiles,” said Ntuane.