Bekkersdal protests affects matric exams

By Drum Digital
25 October 2013

Johannesburg - The Gauteng education department has intervened in protest-hit Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg, to protect matriculants writing exams, an official said on Friday.

"The department will, on a temporary basis, place these learners in a special residential camp outside the community, where they will be able to write their exams and receive study tuition," spokesperson Gershwin Chuenyane said.

"The necessity for continuing with this arrangement will be evaluated on a weekly basis," he said. About 450 pupils from Bekkersdal were expected to sit the final exams from Monday to 29 November.

In Gauteng, 99 504 full-time candidates would write at 1 274 venues. The results were expected to be announced on 7 January 2014.

Chuenyane appealed to community leaders in Bekkersdal to assist the department in stabilising schools in the area and ensuring that the future of young people was not put in jeopardy.Violent protests in Bekkersdal have affected schooling in the area.

Bekkersdal residents have been on the rampage demanding that the Westonaria municipality be placed under administration.

The protest spilled over to nearby Simunye township on Thursday.

-SAPA

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