'Kuruman matrics won't have to repeat entire year'

Over 50 schools were shut down in June for three months by a community group known as the Local Road Forum.

FILE: An uneven, difficult to drive on gravel road like this leads the way to many schools in Kuruman, Northern Cape. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Northern Cape Department of Education says matriculants will not have to repeat the entire school year.

Fifty four schools were shut down in June for three months 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.

A number of catch-up plans were rolled out in the area to support affected students.

The department has called for all learners in grades R to 11 to repeat the year, while matriculants will sit down for supplementary exams in March 2015.

The department's Sydney Stander says these intervention plans still apply.

"Matriculants are still being supported through various interventions. The information we are getting is these kids are progressing very well."