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'Kuruman matrics still have to work hard'

The pupils have to spend the next few months at a study camp and will write supplementary exams next year.

FILE: Over 54 schools had to close their doors in June after violent protests over roads erupted in the area. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Basic Education Department says hundreds of Northern Cape grade 12 pupils, who won't be able to write their final exams, will still have to work hard over the next few weeks.

The matriculants, along with thousands of other pupils in Kuruman are finally back in the classroom.

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

A total of 17,000 pupils were affected by the school closures including almost 500 matrics.

The department has since deregistered the matrics.

The pupils have to spend the next few months at a study camp and will write supplementary exams early next year.

The department's Troy Martens says the pupils still have to work hard.

"They will be working right through. As far as December is concerned, they will have to take a break over that period as the normal festive season and religious holidays will apply."