WCED places learners learning under trees

The Western Cape Education Department says it has found school placements for dozens of learners who were being taught under trees in Eerste River.

Community members allegedly set up an illegal school. Learners sat on the grass and on pieces of cardboard in sandy spots, while others used buckets and crates.

The Western Cape Education Department says it had been contacting parents over the past week to make placement offers.

Education MEC Debbie Schafer says half the learners being taught at the open-air illegal school had already been placed while officials were still struggling to contact the parents of the others.

At the beginning of the year, 13,800 children were not placed across the province.

That figure is now down to under 4,200.