Vuwani community urged to protect new mobile classes

The department says it hopes the mobile classrooms will see more children attend school tomorrow.

The Basic Education Department delivered 74 mobile classrooms in Limpopo to assist schools affected by violent protests in Vuwani and surrounding areas. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

VUWANI - While mobile classrooms have been delivered to some schools in Vuwani in Limpopo, the Basic Education Department says it's now up to community members to safeguard school infrastructure.

Today saw some improvement in the re-opening of schools in the area with more pupils and teachers in classrooms.

Inmates and community members also spent the day cleaning buildings after at least 20 schools were burnt or vandalised during violent protests.

While concerns have been raised over the safety of the new mobile classrooms, the education department's Elijah Mhlanga says it's now the responsibility of the community to ensure they are not targeted by criminals.

"We expect the owners, who are the community in this area, to take care of the mobile classrooms because this is about the future of their children."

Mhlanga says it's important for community members to take ownership of their own infrastructure.

"The police cannot be stationed here permanently - that is practically impossible."

The Education Department says it hopes the arrival of the mobile classrooms will see more children arrive for school tomorrow.

Meanwhile, some pupils were visibly excited to see trucks carrying their new mobile classrooms enter the school gates.

A pupil whose school was completely destroyed by one of the fires, says the mobile classrooms have brought him and his friends some hope that the situation will return to normal.

"I feel happy that the mobile classes being delivered and tomorrow I will come and study at school. I am so happy because I am going to get [an] education."

A local principal says while pupils have lost a lot of school work, she is happy that learning and teaching will resume in the area.

"I hope by the weekend things will be getting back to normal. We will be going on a camp from Friday to Sunday, to try and catch up.

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