On Friday, dozens of learners from Bulumko Secondary School in Khayelitsha organised march along with the Congress of South African Student (COSAS) to the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) in demand of more teachers at Khayelitsha schools.
Protesters demanded the Education MEC Debbie Schafer after they had refused to hand over the memorandum to the Deputy Director of the WCED.
COSAS chairperson of the Western Cape region, Michael Mayazo revealed that the MEC has been neglecting Khayelitsha schools for over a period of time, and if she does not intervene urgently, they will be forced to intensify the struggle and make sure she leaves the department’s office.
“We want the department, to deploy teachers at Bulumko and other schools in Khayelitsha. Since opening of the schools this year the learners have gone for months without some subject teachers,” Mayazo added.
The Spokesperson for Schafer, Jessica Shelver has revealed that, the WCED was currently aware of the shortages in schools due to high growth this year.
“Classrooms are becoming overcrowded in the Western Cape. The current teacher to learner provincial ratio is 1 to 37,” Shelver said
“More than 130,000 learners have relocated to the Western Cape from other provinces and countries over the past five years, mainly from the Eastern Cape, this trend has continued,” She added.
It is believe that the total number of 21 962 learners relocated to the Western Cape in 2017, representing a cost of about R337.7 million, at today’s costs, excluding infrastructure.