NWest schools remain closed

Nineteen North West schools in and around Tlakgameng will remain

closed until teaching can take place there again, the provincial education

department said today.

Department spokesperson Charles Raseala said: “MEC Johannes

Tselapedi had to take the decision to close the schools to ensure that learners

and teachers in the area are safe.”

They were closed yesterday after three classrooms, a staff room and

store room at Sebitlwane High School were set alight on Monday during renewed

service delivery protests.

Residents took to the streets in May to demand a 22km tarred road

between Tlakgameng and Ganyesa. Four schools were set alight, causing damage

estimated at R4 million.

Raseala said the department found itself in “a difficult financial

position” because there were already 14 other schools that needed repairs

costing about R2.5 million after they were damaged in storms last year.

He said: “The costing was done in January. We roughly need R10

million to repair the 14 schools and the five in Tlakgameng.”

The closure of the schools affected 9 092 pupils.

North West police said Tlakgameng was calm today.

Police spokesperson Captain Aafje Botma said that there had been no

incidents since Monday and added that police were keeping an eye on the area.

 
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