No learning despite school reopening

2010-07-20 12:44

Teaching at 19 schools in Tlhakgameng village near Vryburg in the

North West province had not yet taken place, despite schools reopening today,

the North West education department said.

Provincial MEC for basic education Johannes Tselapedi yesterday

appealed to parents to let their children go back to school, saying the schools

at Tlhakgameng and surrounding areas were safe.

Parents and children were scared to return to the schools fearing

renewed violence.

The schools were closed last Tuesday, after three classrooms, a

staff room and storeroom at Sebitlwane High School were set alight last Monday

during renewed service delivery protests.

The community embarked on service delivery protests in May, just

before the schools closed for the June holidays, to demand that a 22km tarred

road be built between Tlhakgameng and Ganyesa.

Four schools were set alight just weeks before the June holidays by

protesters in the village.

Nineteen schools were closed for more than a week due to the riots

and a need to repair the buildings.

The closure of the schools affected 9 092 pupils.

The department appealed to parents to let their children go back to

school as there were few months left before this year’s matric examinations


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