In a bid to resuscitate the health of most schools in Vuwani, Limpopo, Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga will today engage school teachers and principals in conversations on the way forward.
Information from the desk of the education department dislosed that the crucial meeting will take place on Monday 12, September at the Vuwani Fire Station.
The department also disclosed that the minister is also expected to deliver mobile classrooms and other supplies to schools that were either burnt or vandalized during protests at the meeting.
Last month, the department set up three mobile learning centres for Grade 12s, to ensure they continued to cover the curriculum, and to feed them the head of the department, Beauty Mutheiwana, had promised that more than 100 mobile classrooms would be provided to schools as an interim measure
No fewer than 20 schools were either vandalized or torched in Vuwani, mainly in the area of Vhuronga 2, after protests erupted in the area in June over new municipalities boundaries.
The conflicts were birthed by dissatisfied Vuwani residents, who kicked against the rezoning of the area by the Municipal Demarcation Board earlier this year. In the heat of the protests, they demanded and insisted on returning to Makhado municipality instead of their new municipality Malamulele.
Sadly, the number of schools torched in the troubled municipality during the conflict also contributed to a 9.4% spike in the statistics on malicious damage to property in Limpopo.
Presently, the department says it’s under pressure to appeal to Treasury to see where if they can source funds, either from government or outside; since the protests was neither anticipated nor budgeted for.
A look at the cost of repairing the torched schools shows that it will cost the department a whopping 350 million to repair damages following arson attacks.
The protest affected almost 53 000 pupils and disrupted a 42 000 children from writing their mid-year exams, Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga affirmed.