MEC for Education in the Western Cape Debbie Schaffer says the province needs an additional 480 teachers and needs to build at least 15 schools in order to accommodate the ever-increasing number of learners looking for a school in the Western Cape.
About 5 700 learners are yet to be placed in schools and Schafer attributes the problem to an increasing number of people moving to the Western Cape every year. She also flags insufficient funding from the government as a cause.
Last year alone we had 25 000 additional learners and in two years it's nearly 50 000 additional children. Where do we put them?— Debbie Schafer, MEC - Western Cape Education Department
This is not because we don't plan, we do plan. We built extra schools and 46 mobile classrooms in areas where there is growth. We have ordered an extra 70 but it is not an overnight process to secure and deliver mobile classroom.— Debbie Schafer, MEC - Western Cape Education Department
We are doing everything possible. The problem is that the leaners do come, but the money doesn't follow and because of that we keep on having a backlog.— Debbie Schafer, MEC - Western Cape Education Department
Schafer says she gets angry when listening to the state capture commission and hears how billions of rands have been wasted when education needs are not met.
She says there is been a slight improvement in allocation this year but the reality is that the province is sitting with many years of backlog that it is trying to clear.
To hear the rest of the conversation with Debbie Schaffer, listen below: