Basic Education ‘has no control’ as most schools in Vuwani remain closed
More than 20 schools were torched and classrooms vandalised by angry residents last month.
JOHANNESBURG - The Basic Education Department says it has no control over resolving the situation in Vuwani where most schools have still not reopened and teaching and learning remain suspended.
More than 20 schools were torched and classrooms vandalised by angry residents who were protesting over a decision by the Municipal Demarcation Board to incorporate the area into a new municipality.
Residents are angry over the decision to incorporate Vuwani into a new municipality.
The department's Elijah Mhlanga says although 76 mobile class rooms have been made available, proper schooling still hasn't resumed.
"All that we can do is to wait until such time that the relevant department, together with members of the community that are responsible for this are able to reach an agreement to make sure it gets back to normal. Until then, there's not much that we can do."
The National Education Department says the majority of pupils are also staying away from schools and are not writing mid-year exams.
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.