Allegations that the iKwa-Faku school building is unsafe, have been heard by the WC Education Department, yet no immediate measures have been put in place to make the building safe for learners.
Parents have taken their children out of the Crossroads primary school where they say there is no running water, no flushing toilets, poor ventilation, leaks in the roof, large amounts of dust from Styrofoam used for insulation and more.
Many parents fear the building could collapse at any time.
Speaking on CapeTalk, the WC Education Department's Millicent Merton says that they are committed to replacing the school and that construction is due to start at the beginning of 2019.
There has been much criticism that the department has not acted speedily but Merton says they are dealing with what she agrees is an emergency.
The situation sounds extremely grave but we've checked with our maintenance section and they have not received any requests for emergency maintenance from the school, and that is concerning because we do have a school management team and a school governing body.— Millicent Merton, Spokesperson for the WC Education Department
She said as soon as there is a situation that needs some intervention from the department, the department would expect the school should fill in the necessary forms and submit those applications to the department.
Listen here to Millicent Merton, Spokesperson for the WC Education Department field questions from CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies: