Upkeep of Vuwani schools now in community's hands

Basic Education hopes the delivery of mobile classrooms will go a long way in ensuring learning takes place.

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 - The Basic Education Department says it hopes the delivery of mobile classrooms at some schools in Vuwani and surrounding areas will go a long way in ensuring learning and teaching takes place.

The reopening of schools in the Limpopo community saw some improvements following a dismal turnout of teachers and pupils on Monday.

A total shutdown was enforced two weeks ago due to violent demonstrations in which more than 20 schools were burnt or vandalised.

The department's Elijah Mhlanga says the responsibility now lies with community members to ensure school infrastructure is safe.

"We hope that members of the community, with all the engagements we have had, will have seen the need to take the responsibility to take care of property."

LISTEN: Low turnout at Vuwani schools on first day of reopening.

Meanwhile the Correctional Service Department's Kenneth Mthombeni says they've also committed to helping community members with clean-up operations.

"We have the responsibility as a department to assist in this situation that is catastrophic."

Yesterday, inmates helped locals clean a number of schools in the area.

TASK TEAM VISITS VUWANI

A ministerial task team lead by Cooperative Governance Minister Des Van Rooyen is this morning visiting the community of Vuwani and surrounding areas after the delivery of mobile classrooms at some schools.

The situation in Vuwani remains calm today after some schools received their mobile classrooms yesterday.

Van Rooyen and State Security Minister David Mahlobo are expected to visit schools and interact with community members today.

Government says the main challenge is that resident are still afraid of being victimised, and that has contributed to the poor turnout of pupils and teachers at schools.

While mobile classrooms have in operation for one day resident have been urged to safeguard their infrastructure in order secure their children's education.