Mahlobo: Efforts underway to encourage Vuwani pupils to resume learning

Schooling has seen a slow start as teachers are reportedly being intimidated by residents.

FILE: The principal of a school in Vuwani addressing matric students on a study camp this weekend. Picture: Kgothatso Mokgale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - State Security Minister David Mahlobo says efforts are underway to find ways of encouraging school pupils around Vuwani to resume learning despite teachers not arriving for work.

Mahlobo is part of the government task team dispatched to Vuwani in an attempt to bring an end to the violence.

Earlier this month, locals angry about their community being incorporated into a new council staged violent demonstrations, in which more than 20 schools were either torched or vandalised.

While 74 mobile classrooms have been delivered, schooling has been slow to resume as teachers are reportedly being intimidated by residents.

Mahlobo says members of the task team spoke with pupils today.

"We agreed with students that on their own let them form study groups, let them stay at schools and we will look after them (sic). They have started doing the work they've missed out on because they've lost close to three weeks [of schooling]."

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