Floods Impact Schools in Western Cape
Recent storms and flooding in South Africa’s Western Cape significantly affected school operations this week. Education MEC David Maynier reported that 249 schools sustained damage, with 39 unable to open on Tuesday and 21 still closed Wednesday.
Maynier visited Franschhoek High School, which has lacked water and power since the weekend. Access roads were so flooded that the 650 students couldn’t attend. Over 150 schools faced issues like roof damage and leaks.
School attendance dropped to around 70% on both days as some students couldn’t make it in. Tragically, three pupils lost their lives over the long weekend due to the floods. Maynier offered condolences to their families.
Assessment of the full impacts is ongoing. While cleanup and repairs get underway, the upcoming spring holiday will allow temporary respite. Maynier assured catch-up plans would prevent pupils from falling behind. Counselors also support schools grieving losses.
The disruptions highlight community hardships post-flooding. Maynier and his department are working diligently to help schools recover functionality so education can continue for all students in the region.