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Future Grade 10’s in limbo over lack of school in Port Alfred

Future Grade 10’s in limbo over lack of school in Port Alfred

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has lashed out at the Provincial Department of Education for doing little in resolving the lack of opportunities for high school pupils in the Port Alfred area.

In a statement, DA MPL Edmund van Vuuren said a total of 57 grade nine learners from Station Hill are unable to return to school year, “due to there not being a school”.

“Only 13 of the 70 grade nine learners from Port Alfred Primary School in Station Hill have been accepted to other schools to continue on to grade 10 next year. The other learners cannot afford to go to the local former model C Port Alfred High School,” van Vuuren said.

“They are from indigent homes and are on a waiting list for either Kuyasa Combined School or Mary Waters in Grahamstown, 60 km away. It seems all applications from Station Hill to Alexandria High School (49 km away) have been turned down. This means that 15 learners did not make applications to any schools”.

He also stated that party would be meeting with Superintendent-General for Education, Siza Netshilaphala, to discuss the matter as attempts to reach the department have been in vain.

“Despite a community march in April calling for a high school in Station Hill, where I received a petition and forwarded it to Education MEC Mandla Makupula, the department has done little to relieve the plight of these indigent children,” van Vuuren said.

“We simply cannot allow that an entire year of learners is spat out of the system and left on the streets of Station Hill”.