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‘Torched Limpopo schools' records can never be recovered’

Angie Motshekga says the destruction of more than 20 schools in the area is shocking and depressing.

One of the more than 20 schools affected by demarcation protests in Vuwani, Limpopo. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

DZANANI- Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says some of the schools destroyed by fire in the Vuwani area in Vhembe will not be able to recover as all their records, which are now lost, have not been backed up electronically.

Motshekga says the destruction of more than 20 schools in the area is shocking and depressing, as the district produces some of the top performing pupils from rural areas across the country.

The minister today arrived in Limpopo to meet with traditional leaders and assess the extent of the damage in the area.

Earlier, she met with the Venda king at the royal house in Dzanani.

Motshekga says pupils and staff from the schools that have been burnt down have lost more than their classrooms and buildings.

"My initial reaction, it's really shattering. They didn't only lose the buildings and roofs and other things; they've lost records. You can rebuild classes, you can rebuild classes and other things - but you can't recreate records."

She says the Vhembe district is known for its excellent results and innovative methods.

"Schools that give us some of the best results in Limpopo come from this region, so it's very devastating to get instability in this province because we have been boasting about lessons that I have picked up in Venda about how you can fight in difficult conditions."

The minister will now return to the Vuwani area to assess the extent of the damage to schools.

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