‘Learners suffered for a long time’: North West school gets mobile classrooms 4 years after fire

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'Learners suffered for a long time': North West school gets mobile classrooms 4 years after fire
'Learners suffered for a long time': North West school gets mobile classrooms 4 years after fire

Africa-Press – South-Africa. North West Education MEC Viola Motsumi has intervened at a school that was left without sufficient classrooms for four years after a fire in 2019.

Six classrooms were damaged in the fire at Tlhakajeng Primary School in Kraaipan village, near Khunwana, which community members reportedly started in protest, due to the school’s poor condition.

Motsumi said the police had arrested some of the perpetrators.

However, the classrooms were not replaced, prompting Motsumi to instruct provincial education officials to take urgent action to provide more classrooms.

Motsumi provided four mobile classrooms as an interim measure, which will be added to the three mobile classrooms that were handed over to the school immediately after the torching.

Motsumi said:

“This year we are going to build them eight classrooms, an administration block and ablution facilities. Next year we are going to ensure that we improve their sporting grounds.”

Motsumi urged communities to refrain from destroying public property.

“I further wish to condemn those communities who embark on destroying public properties. We have a huge backlog of building schools in this province and burning them causes the department to prioritise again the same schools. I am appealing to our communities to desist from such an unfavourable act,” the MEC said.

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