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WC Ed Dept struggles to verify info for 40 Blikkiesdorp learners

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) is working to place over 40 listed Blikkiesdorp children who have not been enrolled in schools.

Child rights organisation Molo Songololo has recorded 43 names of children, some of whom have been out of school for up to three years.

WCED ministerial spokesperson, Jessica Shelver has urged Blikkiesdorp parents to come forward with details of their children to the department's nearest district office or school.

Shelver explains that the department has struggled to verify the details of the children due to incomplete information from the NGO.

In the absence of ID numbers and contact numbers for those parents, we cannot verify whether the children have received education or which school they need to be in.

Jessica Shelver, WCED ministerial spokesperson

The closest school in the area is Hindle Road Primary School, approximately five kilometres away.

According to Shelver, some of the the children are no longer of compulsory school going age, with a range of between seven to 17 years old.

She says that each of the cases have very unique circumstances which have affected the children's education.

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