Kuruman schools to remain closed

The doors to 54 schools in Kuruman have been shut for more than two months affecting about 17,000 pupils.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Efforts to reopen schools in the Northern Cape appear to have failed.

The doors to 54 schools in Kuruman have been shut for more than two months affecting about 17,000 pupils.

A group known as the Local Road Forum is behind the move and is calling for roads in the area to be tarred before any schooling resumes.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga visited the area today and tried to resolve the matter.

The department's Troy Martens said the minister appealed to the group to let the learners get back to school but the group wasn't receptive.

"She went to great lengths to explain the significance of education and the effect it will have on matriculants."

Last week, the Northern Cape Education Department said parents of matric pupils affected by extensive school closures in Kuruman were considering moving their children to a more stable area.

The department's Sydney Stander said their main priority was to get matriculants ready for their finals.

Exams start on 27 October.