Pupils at Free State school hostel affected by blaze to receive counselling

Three pupils are recovering in hospital after Sunday's blaze.

Chalk and a blackboard duster in the refurbished Samson Senior Primary School in the Eastern Cape. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Free State Education Department on Monday said that pupils at Dr Blok Secondary School in Heidedal, Bloemfontein, will receive counselling following a fire that damage their hostel.

Three pupils are recovering in hospital after Sunday's blaze.

The department said that all other children had been safely evacuated to temporary accommodation.

The department's Howard Ndaba is pleading for donations of food, clothing and toiletries, as the pupils have lost all their belongings.

“We are also accommodating them at different accommodations so that when we finalise this problem but they are continuing with their studies.”