Vuwani schools off to a shaky start

By Drum Digital
11 January 2017

Vuwani schools have begun the year on a shacky start with learners not receiving stationery on time.

All eyes are on schools in Vuwani, Limpopo, after they experiencing a turbulent 2016.

The area was swept by violent protests last year and halted schooling for over three months. Thirty schools were burnt or vandalised amid the protest action.

The area experienced temporary relief when matric results were released last week, with some schools achieving a 100% pass mark despite the challenges they faced.

However, the lack of service delivery by government could put a damper on the mood of learners and parents on the first day of school, as many have not received their stationery for this year.

Dr BN Rasila, spokesperson in the Limpopo Department of Education, has apologised to learners and parents for the delay.

He tells Drum that almost half of the schools in the Vhembe district have not received their stationery.

“It’s not just Vuwani, but the Vhembe district as a whole is experiencing challenges,” he says. “But we have delivered stationery to half of the schools in the area.”

Rasila says they have a new service provider, which has caused the delay, but has advised parents not to panic.

“We will be delivering stationery to all schools, even over this weekend, there’s nothing to worry about,” Dr Rasila says.

Instead, he says, more needs to be done to ensure that schools in Limpopo will yield good results in 2017.

“We have to work harder to ensure that this year we reach our target pass rate of 80%.”

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