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’Pupils will not return to school until our demands are met’

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Pupils will continue to stay away from attending classes at Victoria West Combined School due to a shortage of educators.

A picket was held at the school on Wednesday morning, while a march has been planned to proceed from the school to the municipality on Friday.Pictures: Supplied

PUPILS will continue to stay away from attending classes at Victoria West Combined School due to a shortage of educators.

A picket was held at the school on Wednesday morning, while a march has been planned to proceed from the school to the municipality on Friday.

Parents want the school to return to daily classes for all pupils and to do away with the rotational schedule.

The school governing body has requested that mobile classrooms be made available in the interim.

They indicated that there was a shortage of classrooms for the 600 pupils attending the school and that they were falling behind with their studies.

“The school has been struggling with a shortage of teachers for the past five years. The school secretary is currently volunteering her services for the past three months as the funds used to sponsor her salary have dried up.

“There is also a shortage of general workers.”

Parents stated that the district management team did not meet with parents as planned on March 7.

“Pupils will not return to school until our demands are met.”

Northern Cape Department of Education spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe said they were attending to the needs of Victoria West Combined School, including the appointment of additional educators and the provision of more classrooms.

“Our district office has engaged the school and indicated that the school did not approach them for approval to continue with the rotational timetabling model. The department further granted approval for the appointment of two additional educators the school required in line with their staff establishment.”

Van der Merwe said they were exploring the relocation of two mobile classrooms from Richmond High School to assist with the classroom space.

“There was an increase of 40 pupils who were enrolled at Victoria West Combined School for the 2022 school academic year.”

He added that the district office was engaging with the school to monitor the situation, in order to ensure the smooth implementation of a curriculum recovery plan for all grades until the end of the school term.

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