The Western Cape Education Department released a statement yesterday expressing its disappointment at some members of the Eerste River community’s refusal to allow some pupils from Scottsdene High School to use a new school building in the area.
The community argues that they were not adequately consulted about the WCED’s plans to use the new school building in the area to teach pupils from Scottsdene High School. They also said that they don't want the school to be used as they waited long for it to be built.
The primary school was completed last month and is due to open next year.
CapeTalk presenter John Maytham spoke to Vincent Marino,Eerste River community member as well as Paddy Attwell, Spokesperson of Western Cape Education Department:
According to Marino they only heard of the Education department’s plans on The John Maytham Show on the 28th of July. Marino also believes the department did this deliberately, undermining the community.
Western Cape Education Department’s Paddy Attwell admits to not consulting the community because the problem at Scottsdene only transpired during the July school holidays.
We didn’t anticipate opposition in Eerste River and we can’t be held accountable for that— Paddy Attwell