Northern Cape kids back at school

2012-09-26 14:28

Children in more than 40 schools in the Kuruman area are back in class after their schools were closed by residents for approximately four months.

Said Sydney Stander, spokesperson for the Northern Cape department of education: “Officials from the provincial department and the national department of basic education went around in the district to ensure that teaching and learning is taking place and we found all the schools were opened,” he said.

Thousands of children were locked out of classrooms when the schools, in the John Taolo Gaetsewe region, were closed down by residents demanding tarred access roads.

But today it was business as usual at the schools in the district.

Parents agreed to send their children to school following a meeting with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources Godfrey Olifant.

At the meeting, representatives of the community undertook to allow children to go back to school and Madonsela undertook to investigate what had happened to budget allocation for road infrastructure in the area and if the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) was on par with the needs of the community.

Madonsela is meeting residents of Olifantshoek today, where three schools remain closed. Residents there are demanding the resignation of the mayor, Maria Diniza.

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