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From the Mayor's Desk - 26 May 2017

26 May 2017
The site for a new primary school at Andrieskraal has been handed over to the contractor.

The site for a new primary school at Andrieskraal has been handed over to the contractor.

The past week was filled with ups and downs for education in the Gamtoos Valley area.

Good news is that the site for a new primary school at Andrieskraal was officially handed over to the contractor on Monday.

According to the Department of Education, the new school is expected to open by 2019 and will bring together learners from the De Mistkraal, Andrieskraal, Du Preez and Cockscomb schools.

The Department has further undertaken to build a hostel at the school, so as to minimise the need for children to travel long distances daily.

With the safety of our children always a concern, the Department of Education has also indicated that it will be repairing and putting up new fencing at Hankey Primary, Gamtoos Valley and Vukani, as well as at Hankey Secondary.

It was problems with scholar transport that led to angry parents shutting down Patensie Secondary School last week. Parents accused the Department of Transport of failing to arrange transport for almost 100 learners.

The school was re-opened after a meeting of roleplayers, at which the Department of Transport promised that proper transport arrangements would be put in place as a matter of urgency. Temporary arrangements were made so as to ensure the affected learners could get to school in the interim.

The Council would like to thank those taxi operators who agreed to help with this temporary arrangement, at no extra charge.

While we understand parents' frustration, we would like to appeal to them not to break the law by shutting down schools. Please come to your Council first so that, together, we can find a solution that doesn’t put you at odds with the law. Your Council is here to support you in all matters of governance, also at our schools.