Illegal school to be probed

Zandile Mbabela

THE annual problem of a lack of space in suburban schools, which has resulted in hundreds of pupils not in school when they reopen in January, has led to the establishment of an illegal school in Sydenham, Port Elizabeth.

The school, which caters for grades 1 and 2, was started at the beginning of last year when surplus pupils were turned away from the nearby Dr Viljoen Primary School.

The school has 62 pupils and is run from a three-bedroom house in Heath Street. It serves as an extension to the registered Teletubbies Educare Centre next door.

However, the school itself, which is nameless and operates under Dr Viljoen Primary’s registration number, is not registered.

The school’s principal, Tracy Potgieter, said they were trying to get the school registered as an independent school as they “could not keep operating under Dr Viljoen” – a process they started this week.

“It is a long process to get a school registered, but we are on our way there,” she said.

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