Education dept: Vuwani pupils on par with SA peers

The department launched the ‘matric examination countdown' at the Vuwani hall today.

Learners get to grips with their lesson during class in Vuwani. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The education department in Limpopo says Vuwani pupils are on par with their peers in the country as far as the syllabus is concerned.

The department launched the 'matric examination countdown' at the Vuwani hall today.

The Limpopo town was rocked by violent demonstrations earlier this year - over demarcation.

Around thirty schools were either guttered or vandalised.

Catch-up programs have since been held for about 2,000 matrics.

The department's spokesperson, Naledzani Rasila, says they expect shining stars from the troubled area.

"We are going to get shining stars in Vuwani. Learners in Vuwani will make it just like the other learners in the country."

Last month, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga called on communities to mobilise and protect school infrastructure.

Motshekga said the targeting of school infrastructure during protests undermined the gains made by the country's education sector.

"It's a huge expense and these schools usually don't cost us more than R30 million, the average is R50 million."

Motshekga also called on communities to safe guard schools and protect their children's education.

"Our hope and trust is with communities as the schools are within communities. We can put security there but schools are jewels in communities and no one should touch them."