Brackenfell mom at wits end, says schools are chockablock

Michelle from Brackenfell in Cape Town says she has been unable to enroll her child in Grade 1 for 2018 as the schools in her catchment area are filled to capacity.

She says the problem is finding English medium classes, adding there are far more Afrikaans medium classes in the area. Many parents like herself do not want their kids to be in an Afrikaans learning environment, she says.

The department has been very unhelpful.

Michelle, Brackenfell parent

She says it is affecting as many as 20 children in her son's preschool class.

The schools say there is a waiting list 600 long.

They have got so many Afrikaans classes. The demand for English has increased. They should be compensating by changing some of those Afrikaans classes into English classes.

Michelle, Brackenfell parent

She says the Afrikaans medium classes are not at capacity which does not make sense given that so many children have no schools.

Take a listen to Michelle's story below:


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