Kuruman teachers return to the classroom

The doors of 54 Kuruman schools have been closed since 5 June, affecting 17,000 learners including matrics.

FILE: The doors of 54 Kuruman schools have been closed since 5 June, affecting 17,000 learners. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Northern Cape teachers, who have not been to school in almost three months, are back in the classroom.

The doors of 54 Kuruman schools have been closed since 5 June, affecting 17,000 learners.

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.

The Northern Cape Education Department's Sidney Stander says, "We were of the view that teachers can't continue to sit at home while we are paying them."

He says the teachers responded positively to the department's instruction.

Close to 500 matriculants are also affected and are currently not writing trial exams.

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 met with the group last week who remained unyielding on the issue.

The minister said there is a plan to tar the road, but there are certain processes to be followed before that can happen.

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.

The Northern Cape Education Department's Sydney Stander says, "We were of the view that teachers can't continue to sit at home while we paying them."

He says the teachers responded positively to the department's instruction.

Close to 500 matriculants are also affected and are currently not writing trial exams.