Mar 11 2017
A School With No Name
An informal school operating from prefabricated classrooms on Freedom Way, Joe Slovo Park, was started early this year; taking in about 260 learners who could not be placed in the two schools in Joe Slovo Park in Milnerton.
A community leader who helped start the school, Luthando Lekevana, confirmed that the main aim was to take children who were unplaced and teach them. But the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) does not recognise the school.
With classes from Grade R to Grade 8, learners are taught by volunteers. Parents who enrolled their children for Grade R were the only ones who have been asked to pay a R100 fee to help pay the volunteer teachers in the three Grade R classes. Parents of learners in other grades had not been charged.
Nolubabalo Mkhethwa, who is involved in the day-to-day running of the school, said: “Each class has about 30 learners or fewer. Grade R has three different classes. We currently offer subjects like English, IsiXhosa, Life Skills, Mathematics, Economics and Management Sciences. We don’t have textbooks and learners either bring their own stationery or we provide what’s been donated to us.”