Grabouw set to get new school
THE Western Cape department of education is to build a new school in Grabouw after the national Department of Public Works released tracks of land for construction.
There were protests in the Overberg town over overcrowded classes at Umyezo Wama Apile earlier this year. Thedepartment then promised to build mobile classrooms in the area. It also found alternative accommodation for some grades 11 and 12 pupils at the Cape Teaching and Learning Institute in Kuils River as a temporary measure.
Yesterday, spokeswoman for education MEC Bronagh Casey said: "The department intends to complete the new school at the start of the 2014 academic year."
Asked about the progress of the temporary classes in Grabouw, Casey said 10 mobile classrooms were due for completion for the start of the third term in July.
The grades 11 and 12 pupils currently placed at the Cape Teaching and Learning Institute in Kuils River will return to their school at the start of the third term next month.
Transport and public works MEC Robin Carlisle said the size of the land released by the department still had to be finalised. "The initial request was for five hectares. However, the discovery of large wetlands on the site requested has led to the size being expanded to 10 hectares. The process is still to be finalised."