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Blame game between NGO and education dept leave Blikkiesdorp children in limbo

Child rights group Molo Songololo has challenged the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) to address the barriers to education for communities across Cape Town.

Molo Songololo says that the WCED has not being forthcoming about their plans to help enroll over 40 unregistered Blikkiesdorp children.

The NGO recorded 43 names of Blikkiesdorp learners, some of whom have been out of school since 2013, and handed the list to the department.

However, WCED ministerial spokesperson, Jessica Shelver, says that the department has struggled to verify the details of the children due to incomplete information from the NGO.

NGO director Patrick Solomons explains that they were approached by the community's joint committee after the department failed to capture the children on the system.

We tried to speak to various members of the WCED, and we were basically given the run around... There's different versions of what they did and did not do and that is being spinned.

Patrick Solomons, Director of Molo Songololo

Solomons says that it was not difficult for the NGO to assemble community members and gather information, while the department says it has not been successful.

According to Solomons, there are many bureaucratic barriers making it difficult for learners to get enrolled in schools in the area.

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