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Reopening of NW schools welcomed

Scores of schools were shut after violent protests demanding the resignation of former premier Supra Mahumapelo.

FILE: Running battles between protesters and police continue into the night in Mahikeng as demonstrators continue in their demands for the removal of Premier Supra Mahumapelo on Thursday 18 April 2018. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Basic Education Department says it’s is pleased that North West schools in areas that experienced violence have now reopened.

Scores of schools were shut after violent protests demanding the resignation of former premier Supra Mahumapelo.

He has since resigned.

Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says the department has plans in place to counter lost time.

“There’s a lot of catching up that needs to be done but what’s important for us is that they are now free to go back to school and are able to start the recovery process.”