Vandalism at schools, a big challenge for education department

After holidays, learners and teachers alike often return to schools that have been vandalised or damaged in some way. About five hundred school kids in Cedar Primary School in Bonteheuwel will have to queue to use one toilet at their school premises due to vandalism during school holidays.

Western Cape MEC for Education, Debbie Schafer says that there were no further reports of vandalism in the province since the schools re-opened yesterday. She also said that the situation at Cedar is been treated as an emergency:

As far as Cedar is concerned I am told that the temporary toilets will be arriving today. There was a slight delay with the procurement, unfortunately with government we have to deal with difficult procurement processes.

According to Schafer vandalism at schools is really frustrating as it takes up a portion of the education budget to fix damaged structures. She says the money could be used to pay school fees for disadvantaged children.

However, the rate of vandalism at schools has declined over the years. The department has put extra measures in place by providing extra security during school holidays to ensure structures are protected.

Errol in Blue Downs raised the issue of the upcoming 27 April & 1 May public holidays and wanted to know if schools will be able to close for those three days? The Minister said that there are enough school holidays as it is and taking the three days off will be making school days even fewer than they are already.

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