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Western and Northern Cape schools bear brunt of vandals, ...

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Western and Northern Cape schools bear brunt of vandals, absenteeism, drugs

A portfolio committee on basic education report paints a grim picture of struggling schools in these provinces

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Some pupils at Emang Mmogo Comprehensive School in Kimberley, Northern Cape, “bunk classes because they want to smoke dagga” and “they can’t be stopped for they have easy access of drugs from people in the nearby hostel”.

This is according to a draft report of the portfolio committee on basic education that was adopted by parliament on Tuesday.

The report followed an oversight visit to 25 schools in Western Cape and Northern Cape from January 30 to February 4 to monitor their state of readiness for the 2022 schooling year...

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