Matrics suffer after Kuruman school closures

A total of 54 schools have been closed in the area since early June.

FILE: The Northern Cape Education Department says around 500 matrics have been affected by the closure of schools in the province. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Northern Cape Education Department says around 500 matrics have been affected by the closure of schools in the province.

A total of 54 schools have been closed in the Kuruman area since early June.

The department says matrics haven't seen the inside of a classroom for close to two months.

They're among 17,000 pupils who've been forced to stay at home since 5 June.

A group known as the Local Road Forum is believed to be behind the closures.

It's calling for roads in the area to be tarred before pupils are allowed to return to school.

A grade 12 learner says she's desperate to get back to her studies and is not sure why she is being prevented from attending school.

Meanwhile, the department says a construction company will be appointed to tar certain roads in the area soon.