As Western Cape back-to-school 2018 kicks off 11 000 learners still unplaced

EWN reporter Lauren Isaacs says the Western Cape Education Department says it has been a smooth start for schools in the province for the 2018 academic year.

The department will later in the day release a report on vandalism during the holidays which is prevalent in the Western Cape.

[IN PICTURES] It's back to school!

Just over a million children started school in the Western Cape on Wednesday.

Apart from a few tears and tantrums by first time school goers, it's been a case of smooth sailing.

Lauren Issacs, EWN reporter

According to Isaacs, more than 11 000 learners still need to be placed in the Western Cape.

The education department says that they are engaging with district officials to ensure that every learner is placed as quickly as possible.

Education MEC Debbie Schafer said officials are now identifying all the places that can provide additional accommodation to these learners.

Lauren Issacs, EWN reporter

A few scholar transport drivers were caught without the legal driving permits and their vehicles were impounded.

Twenty-eight learners were found cramped in a vehicle that is suitable to carry only 16 learners, says Isaacs.

The traffic department will release a report later in the day of the exact number of vehicles that were found to be in violation of scholar transport regulations.

To hear more of this report by Lauren Isaacs, listen below


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : As Western Cape back-to-school 2018 kicks off 11 000 learners still unplaced


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