Vuwani learners missing mid-year exams amid protest aftermath

Learners and teachers have not returned to some schools in the area after violent protests.

FILE: The local MEC for education said they anticipated some challenges in the first week. Picture: Kgothatso Mokgale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Two weeks after schools in Vuwani were supposed to reopen, teachers have still not returned to work out of fear for their safety.

The National Education Department says the majority of pupils are also staying away from schools and are not writing mid-year exams.

Earlier this month, angry community members torched and vandalised more than 20 schools in the area.

Residents are angry over the decision to incorporate Vuwani into a new municipality.

The education department's Elijah Mhlanga says, "Some schools remain closed and the gates are still locked, as they were right from the beginning of the shutdown. Unfortunately, the learners in that area are not able to write mid-year exams."

There was a poor turnout in the first week after the protests.

Seventy-four mobile classrooms were sent to Limpopo schools.

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At the time, the local MEC for education, Ishmael Kgetjepe, said they anticipated some challenges in the first week.

Kgetjepe added that they had tightened security in the area to prevent pupils who want to return to school from being victimised.