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Basic Education to visit Kuruman

Education's Parliamentary Portfolio Committee will visit Kuruman to find solutions to the school debacle.

FILE: Education's Parliamentary Portfolio Committee will visit Kuruman to find solutions to the school debacle. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Basic Education's Parliamentary Portfolio Committee will this week visit the troubled area of Kuruman in the Northern Cape where more than 16,000 pupils may have to repeat their school grades.

Over 50 schools in the area have been closed for months following violent protests over roads.

Close to 500 matrics have also been de-registered.

Interventions by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga have failed.

The committee's chair, Noma-Lungelo Gina says there needs to be other means of dealing with these challenges.

"We're going there to say that we really can't have other means of negotiating and need to work together as a community. We will plead for children not be stripped from achieving their dreams."

Last week, Northern Cape Education Department had de-registered grade 12s who were affected by the closures.

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.

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

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