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Save our school! Village takes fight to the top

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Save our school! Village takes fight to the top

Prince Albert community may be small and poor, but when the province shut its school it refused to give up the fight

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Members of a closely knit rural community have vowed to keep their school open despite it being shut down by a provincial education department in December.

Two assistant teachers, Cassidy Willemse and Chante Booysen, have volunteered to teach all pupils from grades one to six at Seekoegat VGK Primary School in Prince Albert, Central Karoo, after it was declared “unviable” by the Western Cape education department.

The impoverished parents of the 29 pupils attending the school have dug their heels in, insisting they will not accede to the department’s request to move their children to Teske Gedenk Primary School in Beaufort West,  90km away...

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