National 20.9.2016 06:52 pm

Matrics to rewrite trial exam after Limpopo school fire

Vhudzani Secondary School in Vuwani. Picture: Steven Tau

Vhudzani Secondary School in Vuwani. Picture: Steven Tau

Angie Motshekga said the torching of schools reverses progress made towards eliminating the infrastructure backlog.

The Limpopo department of education on Tuesday said matric pupils at the torched Humula High School would rewrite trial examination papers.

Three papers had not yet been recorded when the school was torched at the weekend leaving three classrooms and a staff room destroyed.

Department spokesperson Naledzani Rasila said three subjects, including maths, science and economics, were yet to be captured when the school was burnt on Sunday.

Rasila said valuables destroyed in the fire included furniture, computers and scripts of the trial exams.

Preparations were under way to ensure that 52 Grade 12 pupils rewrote their trial exams as the records for affected papers were devoured by fire.

“We are waiting for the police investigations but we believe this is criminal activities, because a block in the middle of the staff room and administration office was spared,” said Rasila

Last year in June, mid-year examination papers perished in a fire at the same school, which is situated in the area where more than 20 schools were torched during a protest over the demarcation of the new municipality.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said the torching of schools reverses progress made towards eliminating the infrastructure backlog.

Police spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said preliminary investigations indicated that arsonists were targeting buildings where school records were kept.

However, he said no arrests had been made.
– African News Agency (ANA)

 

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