Classes resume in Mpumalanga schools after protests

The provincial department of education says the midyear exams will continue, and the department will monitor the situation.

The Mpumalanga department of education on Thursday confirmed that classes have resumed at the Ditau Secondary School in Shatale, in the Bushbuckridge local municipality, after three classrooms were torched.

The classrooms were burnt down this week after the community protested the results of a recent by-election.

Department spokesperson Jasper Zwane said teaching and learning were also back to normal at Leftukuthula Primary School in Matsulu Village and schools in Thabana Village, all of which had also been damaged in community protests.

“The department appreciates efforts made by the school management teams, school governing bodies, parents and other stakeholders to resuscitate teaching and learning under these trying developments,” Zwane said.

Zwane said the midyear examination will continue, and the department would monitor the situation.

On Tuesday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga called on for harsher sentences for people convicted of damaging schools. Motshekga said the department spends millions on repairing damaged infrastructure caused by protesters.

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