Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer says they’ve found places in schools for all the pupils who were attending classes in an open field in Eerste River.

Around 400 learners have been taught lessons under trees in Forest Village, since schools re-opened on the 15th of February.

They couldn’t return to classrooms because the nearby schools have been oversubscribed.

But, despite this good news, the department says the number of learners yet to be placed at school still stands at 4,188.

Schäfer says the department remains concerned by that.

In the meantime, she’s appealing to parents in Forest Village to take up the spaces that have been set aside for their children.

“The WCED has been contacting parents over the past week to make offers of placement. Half of the learners have already been placed at schools. The department is still struggling to contact some of the parents of the remaining learners, who have provided incorrect contact numbers or whose phones go to voicemail. We urge the parents of those learners to contact their district to take up the placement offers”.