Kuruman schooling resumes after 3 months

Section 27 says no acts of intimidation were reported and they are continuing to monitor the situation.

FILE: 54 Kuruman schools were shut down in June by a community group known as the Local Road Forum in protest against the state of roads in the region. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Section 27 says schooling has resumed in Kuruman in the Northern Cape where nearly 17,000 pupils have not attended classes for the past three months.

Fifty four schools were shut down in June by a community group known as the Local Road Forum in protest against the state of roads in the region.

Some schools were set alight and vandalised by protesters.

The pupils will likely have to repeat their grades.

The affected pupils include around 470 matric pupils who are expected to begin their final exams in a month's time.

Section 27's Mark Haywood said no acts of intimidation were reported this morning and they will continue to monitor the situation.

At the same time, the Department of Basic Education has admitted it's difficult to pinpoint who exactly to lay criminal charges against over the Kuruman schooling crisis.

The department is adamant that criminal charges must be laid against those responsible.

Department spokesperson Troy Martens said, "There are 35 days left until the start of the matric examinations. We doubt that they will be prepared."

She said a number of community members are responsible for the crisis.

"We can make allegations of who is disrupting classes, but when it comes down to it, everyone points fingers at each other."

The affected matrics will write supplementary exams next year.