It’s about four months now learners in Zebediela not attending schools due to community protest in the area demanding tar road.

On Tuesday one of the seven schools has been burned by the community members demanding Magatle magistrate court to release suspects who have been arrested during community unrest.

MEC for Education Polly Boshielo together with MEC for Transport and Community Safety Dickson Masemola visited the area to monitor the situation as school holidays resume.

MEC Boshielo expressed her shock over burned classrooms by the community members who demanding a tar road.

Boshielo confirmed that teaching and learning in four schools were resumed whilst three school remain closed.

“We don’t have choice but to approach high court for an interdict on this matter because is getting out of hands. These learners have rights to access education and no one must infringe their rights,” said the MEC Boshielo.

She said the learners missed 45 days of schools which have bad impact on the grade twelve learners because they will not write their final exams.

“Some parents in this area have signed a petition to allow school to resume.  And some had been telling us that enough is enough therefore their children must go back to school,” said Boshielo.

She said affected high school learners would be afforded social workers and psychologists to assist them.  

 Meanwhile hopeless residents said they support their decision to shut down schools until government construct tar road.  


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