Overcrowding at Western Cape school takes toll on learners and staff

The School's principal Rajan Naidoo said due to the high number of pupils at the school he is forced “to do the job of two principals”.
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A lack of teachers and overcrowding at Masibambane Secondary School in Bloekombos, Kraaifontein is taking a toll on both learners and educators at the school.

The school is struggling to cope with a total of  eight teachers catering for 407 Grade 9 pupils.

The school has 39 classrooms which can accommodate 1,500 learners however at the moment the school has 1,758 pupils.

The School’s principal Rajan Naidoo said due to the high number of pupils at the school he is forced “to do the job of two principals”.

“It’s highly stressful and demanding. I deal with double the number of parents and have to do admin work at home,” said Naidoo.

Bronagh Hammond, spokesperson for the Western Cape department of education (WCED) revealed that at the moment about 5,000 pupils still needed to be placed in schools in the Western Cape.

On Wednesday last week, parents closed the school, demanding provisions to be made for learners who where put on the school’s waiting list then subsequently denied places.

School governing body chairperson,Zwelethu Stemela, said: “We want five temporary classrooms to accommodate the surplus learners for now and negotiate with the department regarding construction of a new school while the learners are studying.”

Naidoo said the recurring protests were affecting his programme for the school term.

He said he would need more support staff that is more cleaners, caretakers and admin staff before admitting more pupils to the already overcrowded school.

More: timeslive

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