Angie Motshekga wants camp for matrics affected by Kuruman protest

2014-08-28 08:25

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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is considering opening a camp for matriculants from Kuruman after a lengthy protest over a road closed schools.

“It is a huge concern for us because learners haven’t been to school since June 4,” Motshekga’s spokesperson Troy Martens said today.

“We are looking at different options at the moment, including taking matriculants to a camp to learn. The plans are in place, we just need the learners to come back to school.”

She said 16 000 pupils from 54 schools in different villages were affected. Of these, 496 were matriculants.

Motshekga was in the area yesterday to talk to the community, with the expectation of re-opening schools.

However, the community was adamant that the situation would not change.

A group calling themselves the Road Forum began protesting in June, demanding that a 130km stretch of road in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district municipality be tarred.

The protesters stopped pupils and staff from going to school to get the attention of the authorities.

In that month, Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas’s spokesperson Monwabisi Nkompela said the tender to tar the road was opened on June 12 and closed on July 18.

“The tender is at a stage where the project managers at the [roads and public works] department are evaluating which bidder met the specific requirements,” Nkompela said at the time.

He could not be reached for comment today.

In July, the administration blocks of some schools in the area were set alight.

Martens today said Motshekga was worried about the safety of pupils, and would be talking to the provincial department of education and parents about the matter.

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