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No final matric exams for Kuruman schools

Education Dept says matriculants in Kuruman won’t write their final exams which begin next month.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A Northern Cape matriculant says he's very worried as he has not been able to attend school for months now.

The Northern Cape Education Department has de-registered nearly 500 grade 12s who have been affected by the closure of dozens of schools in the Kuruman region.

A total of 54 schools shut their doors in June amid violent protests over roads

The department says the matrics in Kuruman won't write their final exams which starts next month.

But are however eligible to write supplementary exams in February.

Matriculant Thabo Kgwanyape says he's worried about his future.

He's one of hundreds of pupils who have missed out on three months of school due to protests.

"When we are going back to school, we are going to be in a bad position because of pressure because we have been out of school for long time without learning."

Over 16,000 pupils from grade R to grade 11 will have no option, but to repeat the school year.

A community group known as the Local Road Forum prevented children from attending school until roads were fixed in the area.

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