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Parents clash over ‘new’ Zwelitsha school

Expelled PR councillor Andile Lili rallies supporters to his cause at Ludwe Ngamlana Primary school in Kuyasa yesterday. (subs: Thurs) Lili's call to have the mobile classrooms installed at the school to accomoate learners from Zwelitsha and Nkanini informal settlement run by a seperate principal and teachers led to clashes from Kuyasa parents opposing the demand. Photo: Nombulelo Damba/WCN

Expelled PR councillor Andile Lili rallies supporters to his cause at Ludwe Ngamlana Primary school in Kuyasa. Lili's call to have the mobile classrooms installed at the school to accomoate learners from Zwelitsha and Nkanini informal settlement run by a seperate principal and teachers led to clashes from Kuyasa parents opposing the demand. Photo: Nombulelo Damba/WCN

02.05.2013

A former ANC PR councillor’s insistence that mobile classrooms set up at Ludwe Ngamlana Primary school to accommodate children from Zwelitsha and Nkanini informal settlements be independently managed resulted in clashes between parents today.

The mobile classrooms were set up after former ex-councillor Andile Lili in January led a group of about 200 parents from Zwelitsha and Nkanini informal settlements in Khayelitsha to demand a new school be established for their children.

Lili claimed the Western Cape Education Department had promised a new primary school for them and subsequently set up an unofficial school in a church hall before mobile classrooms for them were recently established at Ludwe Ngamlana Primary in neighbouring Kuyasa.

However, with the Zwelitsha and Nkanini children expected to register to attend their new classrooms today, a group of about 20 parents led by Lili arrived at the school demanding the seven mobile classrooms be set up as a separate school.

They were met by an opposing group of over 30 Kuyasa parents who accused Lili of dividing residents in the ward.

The two groups clashed inside the school, swearing and hurling insults at each other in front of the primary school children.

According to Kuyasa residents, Lili wants the mobile classes to form a separate school to be named after him.

School caretaker Thembile Gantolo said Lili and his supporters demanded the mobile classes be separated from Ludwe Ngamlana Primary.

“What we don’t understand is how come one school should have two principals. He’s using people to fight his own battles… All he wants is the school to be named Andile Lili Primary school and we can not allow that to happen because it’s going to confuse our children and disrupt the school,” said Gantolo.

Kuyasa parent Thembakazi Mapotolo said Lili did not listen to their concerns.

“All he does is swear at us. He called me bitch in front of the people and it’s not the first time. All we want is our children to learn not to be disturbed by some people who want to play politics,” said Mapotolo.

However, Lili, who was expelled from the City of Cape Town earlier this year after a multiparty disciplinary committee found him guilty of participating in the illegal demolition of homes and of making derogatory remarks to Khayelitsha residents, said he was not politicising the matter and was only considering the children’s future.

Lili said the pass rate at Ludwe Ngamlana Primary was very low and overcrowding in classrooms meant more teachers were needed to teach the additional children from Zwelitsha and Nkanini.

He said the volunteer teachers who had been teaching the children in the church hall should continue to teach in the new classrooms.

WCED district spokesperson Melvyn Caroline said what Lili demanded was impossible.

‘We can’t have two school on one site,” said Caroline.

She said seven mobile classrooms had been provided to accommodate the children who had been studying in Zwelitsha and wanted children to be registered to determine how many there were and whether they needed to advertise for new teachers.

Meanwhile, Zwelitsha and Nkanini parents said they won’t allow their kids to go to Ludwe Ngamlana Primary and demanded the mobile classrooms be moved to Zwelitsha. – Nombulelo Damba

 

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