Hundreds of children sent home from fire-hit school

Lee-Anne Butler

THERE will be no classes this week for more than 500 pupils at Jubilee Park Primary School in Uitenhage after a devastating fire razed seven classrooms and a library on Sunday night.

Teachers and pupils were scurrying around the building yesterday looking for solutions as the fire had caused a major disruption to their revision period ahead of the mid-year examinations. The affected pupils are in grades 4, 5, 6 and 7.

In 2009 The Herald reported that the dilapidated Uitenhage school, which was initially planned to be a temporary structure built with planks more than 60 years ago, was condemned and deemed unsafe by health officials.

On numerous occasions the school has implored the Education Department for assistance in building a safe school.

The fire spread quickly through the eight classrooms on Sunday night as the structure is made entirely of wood.

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