New classrooms for Cape Town learners

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pretoria - Approximately 200 new classrooms will be built at 50 schools in Cape Town as more and more pupils need a place to learn.

Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant on Thursday said funding will be made available to each school to build themselves four additional classrooms.

"Once completed, approximately 3 000 children will gain access to some of our successful schools with world class tuition and also offset some of the need to build new schools," Grant said.

Grant said tenders will soon be advertised to build 12 new schools in the province starting in 2011.

He said the new schools are in addition to the existing building programme whereby four new schools are currently under construction.

In an attempt to address overcrowding at provincial schools, Grant said the department is to install mobile classrooms.

The classrooms are expected to be delivered by the end of the second term.

"Our audit reveals that there is a need to prioritise the allocation of 126 additional mobile classrooms at our schools.

"A project management unit has been appointed to manage the ordering and provision of these classrooms," he said.

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