Schooling resumes in Kuruman

Schools in Kuruman have reopened after months of protests and negotiations.

FILE: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 - After several months of stalemate, schools in Kuruman in the Northern Cape have re-opened but for many pupils it's too late.

A total of 54 schools had to close their doors in June after violent protests over roads erupted in that region.

Schooling is finally up and running again in the region, with teachers now being redeployed to continue with their work.

Basic Education's Troy Martens says teachers were diverted to other schools that were not closed.

"Because schools were closed for so long, the teachers that taught in those schools had been redeployed to other schools that were opened."

Despite this development the future of nearly 17, 000 pupils in that region is uncertain. Many will have to repeat their grades. Close to 500 matrics have also been deregistered and will not write their final exams next month.

Some schools were set alight and vandalised by protesters.

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.

Martens said there are 35 days left until the start of the matric examinations and said she doubt that they will be prepared.