“The roads forum announced that the children will be allowed to go back to school and we support that whole heartedly” said Troy Martens, the spokesperson for the minister of basic education, Angie Motshekga.
Martens said the forum made the announcement on a local radio station earlier today. She said the department of education would be releasing a statement later today.
About 17 000 pupils from 54 schools in Kuruman have been kept from school since June 4 by community members led by a group called the Roads Forum. The forum was demanding that a 130km stretch of road be built before the children could be allowed back to school.
Almost 500 of the students are matric students who were unable to write the midyear exams that are crucial when applying to institutions of higher learning. Final matric exams begin on October 28.
Last month Motshekga said she was considering opening a camp for the matric students to help them recover.
Sidney Stander from the department of education in the Northern Cape said that idea had been scrapped because no money had been budgeted for such a camp.