Kuruman: Dept hopeful schooling will resume soon

The education dept remains hopeful schooling will resume soon after teachers returned this week.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Northern Cape Education Department says it remains hopeful schooling in Kuruman will resume soon.

Almost 17,000 pupils haven't seen the inside of a classroom in almost three months after 54 schools were forced to shut their doors amid protests over roads in the area.

The department says its hopeful pupils will be back in the classroom now that teachers have returned.

The majority of educators in the Kuruman region returned to their posts on Monday.

The department's Sydney Stander says, "We want our children to go to school for the duration of the quarter, with the hope of course that parents will send their kids to school for them to be taught."

Stander adds the teachers returned following a meeting with the basic education minister last month.