NC matriculants will 'not be' deregistered

The Basic Education Department remains adamant that 469 NC matrics will sit for their final exams.

The Basic Education Department remains adamant that 469 NC matrics will sit for their final exams. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Basic Education Department says it has no plans to deregister hundreds of Northern Cape matriculants.

Close to 500 Grade 12s have been affected by 54 school closures in the province, enforced by a local group.

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

"At this stage there are no plans in place to de-register the learners. They are missing school due to no fault of their own. What we will do is everything in our capacity to make sure they write their final examinations."

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said her department is continuing to find ways of breaking the impasse in Kuruman to ensure learners return to school.

The minister met with the LRF on Wednesday who remain unmoved on the issue.

Motshekga said parents are growing tired of their children's education being held ransom, adding that one parent pleaded with her to save the community from their own 'Boko Haram'.

Meanwhile, matric trial exams began this morning.