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'Vuwani still not conducive for teaching & learning'

The Limpopo Education Department says it's doing all it can to help pupils catch up with work missed.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Limpopo Education Department says the situation in Vuwani is still not conducive for teaching and learning, but it's doing all it can to help pupils catch up with work missed over the past two months.

Nearly 2,000 grade 12 pupils were bused to three different centres in the province yesterday.

Over 20 schools were either burnt down or vandalised during protests against a high court decision to incorporate the area into the new Malamulele Municipality.

Pupils have missed their mid-year exams as schools battle to get back on track.

The department's Naledzani Rasila says, "Unfortunately, the situation in the area is not conducive for teaching and learning, once the situation is calm, the department will find ways of doing the catch up programme to help all the learners in the area."

COPS BLAME MUNICIPAL DEMARCATION BOARD FOR VUWANI PROTESTS

Earlier this month, police said the Municipal Demarcation Board is responsible for the violence that led to schools being torched.

The police made submissions at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC)'s national hearings in Braamfontein, on the impact of violent protests on education around the country.

The police's Provincial Commissioner for Operational Response Services, Elias Mawela, said the board was nowhere to be found when Vuwani was burning.

"They should have gone out there and explained the problem to the community and how they should have gone about challenging the decision. Where were they?"

The Education Department's Director-General Mathanzima Mweli told the SAHRC the problem in Vuwani was beyond his department's scope.

"This was political and had to be resolved politically."

The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department is expected to make its submissions at the hearings tomorrow.

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