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Study camps set aside for Kuruman matrics

Affected matrics are unable to sit for their final exams next month, but will be writing supplementary exams.

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 - The Northern Cape Education Department says a majority of Kuruman matrics affected by school closures have joined a study camp in preparation for their supplementary exams.

Close to 500 matrics in the area were affected by the closures when schools shut their doors in protest of the state of roads in the area.

Some schools were threatened when they tried to reopen and parts of the buildings set alight.

Affected matrics are unable to sit for their final exams next month, but will be writing supplementary exams early next year.

The education department's Sydney Stander says a study camp set up to prepare the pupils for the exams is being well attended.

"Since last week Monday the turnout of matrics at our school was satisfactory. All of them returned except one or two here and there, but the turnout was very well."

After several months of stalemate, schools in the region reopened last week, but for many pupils it's too late.

Section 27 said no acts of intimidation were reported last week and they would continue to monitor the situation.

At the same time, the Department of Basic Education 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.

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