16 000+ unable to attend school

2012-08-27 11:35
Picture: File

Picture: File

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Johannesburg - A total of 16 000 pupils have been unable to attend schools in the Northern Cape since June because of violent protests, the Times reported on Monday.

Protests over the lack of tarred roads in the Johan Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality, in which Kuruman is situated, have seen residents forcing teachers to close over 35 schools to pupils from Grade R to Grade 12 since June 6.

Provincial education spokesperson, Sydney Stander, told the newspaper the department was aware of the situation for three months.

"All the issues raised have been non-education issues. The protesters chose schools because they are soft targets, intimidating teachers and pupils."

Stander said schools in Glenred, Dithakong, Bothithong, Loopeng and Laxey had been closed.

Matric pupils relocated - provincial education

He said intervention was difficult because of the high level of intimidation with entrances to villages being blocked.

"The department had managed to relocate all matric learners. For a month now they have been receiving tuition at Deo Gloria in Barkly West."

He said these pupils were being assisted by, among others, subject teachers and learning area managers.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga was involved behind the scenes but had not yet visited the area, spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said.

He said Motshekga would visit the area soon.

In January Motshekga singled out John Taolo Gaetsewe as one of the worst performing districts in the Northern Cape.

The district is one of the poorest in the province with more than 180 no-fee schools.
- SAPA

Read more on:    kimberley  |  education  |  protests
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
17 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Thursday Montague Gardens - 17:45 PM
    Road name: Montague Drive Southbound
    DELAYS approaching Bosmansdam Road due to roadworks
  • Thursday Milnerton - 17:45 PM
    Road name: Marine Drive Northbound
    DELAYS between Boundary Road and Blaauwberg Road
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Pre-order the Xbox One

Get this all-in-one entertainment system with live TV, movies, social networking and gaming. Pre-order now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Canon EOS 600D

The Canon EOS 600D Digital Camera puts the widely respected...

From R5389.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Your heart is big and you are sensitive to the needs of those around you. Your humanitarian side is emphasized today and you may...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.