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School-goers asked to stay away from school due to sewage health concerns

The problem with Lwandle is there seems to be a water and sewage issue. The City of Cape Town has tried to access the area to fix the pipes. The pipes are running underground, and the informal houses have recently been built on these pipes.

Jessica Shelver Spokesperson for Education MEC

The communities that are living in these informal settlements have refused the City of Cape Town to access the settlement.

Jessica Shelver Spokesperson for Education MEC

Shelver says the cut off of water has effected 8 of their schools in the area. These schools have had to close early every day since last Wednesday.

For health and safety reasons learners go home early, from about 11am in order to use toilet facilities. She says teachers are making use of the drinking water the City has provided.

They are hoping mobile toilets will be delivered today.

With regard to protests in areas like Grabouw and Masiphumelele, Shelver says it is important to be aware of the traumatic effect these have on children, as well as the detrimental effect of many days of missed schooling.

It is an election season so we do see an increase in protest action.

Jessica Shelver Spokesperson for Education MEC

Shelver says learners will still have to write scheduled June exams, and they will provide catch up help for students.

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