Education Dept deregisters 500 Kuruman matrics

Almost Kuruman grade 12s have not been to school for more than three months.

An uneven, difficult-to-drive-on gravel road like this leads the way to many schools forced to close in Kuruman, Northern Cape. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Basic Education Department says it's been left with little option but to deregister almost 500 Northern Cape matrics affected by school closures.

An estimated 469 Kuruman grade 12s have not been to school for more than three months.

Fifty four schools shut their doors in protest against a lack of proper roads in the area.

The department's Elijah Mhlanga says these grade 12s will not write their final exams next month and will instead be made to write supplementary examinations next year.

"The best thing to do would be to ensure we take the interest of the learners into account, particularly the grade 12s, to deregister them so they can prepare for their supplementary exams in January and February."

Meanwhile, the department this week established a study camp to assist matrics affected by school closures in Kuruman.

Nearly 17,000 pupils have been affected by the closures.

These pupils will have to repeat their grade next year.