Concern mounts over Kuruman matrics

A total of 54 institutions have been closed for the past two months due to protest action.

The Ditshipeng Intermediate School is one of four schools in Kuruman, Northern Cape which was set alight during protest action. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Northern Cape Education Department says parents of matric pupils affected by extensive school closures in Kuruman are considering moving their children to a more stable area.

A group known as the local road forum is demanding roads in the area is tarred before schooling will resume.

A total of 54 institutions have been closed for the past two months due to the protest action, affecting some 17,000 pupils.

Close to 500 Grade 12's have not been to school in over two months.

The department's Sydney Stander says their main priority is to get matriculants prepped for their finals.

"We have put up a report for the Head of Department's attention in terms of a request by parents who say we should have a special camp for the 459 matrics. At this stage, we are awaiting his decision on that recommendation."

Exams start on 27 October.

(Gadeeja Abbas)