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Vuwani pupils back in school

Rotangana Foundation helps learners stay in school
Written by Ndivhuwo Mukwevho

Following almost three weeks of missed classes due to violent protests, Vuwani pupils are back in school.

Vuwani area children missed almost three weeks of school due to violent protests (File photo)

Vuwani area children missed almost three weeks of school due to violent protests (File photo)

Municipal demarcation protests saw 24 area schools razed to the ground and kept learners away from classes for weeks. The Department of Basic Education has delivered at least 74 mobile classrooms to the area.

“We cannot afford to waste any more time,” said Limpopo Provincial Government spokesperson Phuti Seloba in the wake of the violence. “We cannot afford to miss more days in the area otherwise, the entire catch up programme will be affected.”

Seloba added that the government would be holding urgent meetings with principles to encourage the speedy re-opening of schools.

Angry residents from more than 10 villages in the Vuwani area are protesting a decision by the Demarcation Board to incorporate their areas into a newly formed municipality.

Limpopo Department of Education Dr. Naledzani Rasila said the province was expecting to work closely with teachers and parents to ensure the disruption of classes did not affect pupils negatively in the long run.

Despite the delivery of the mobile classrooms, the situation in the area is still tense as some of the streets still remain barricaded with stones and other objects.

About the author

Ndivhuwo Mukwevho

Ndivhuwo Mukwevho is citizen journalist who is based in the Vhembe District of Limpopo province. He joined OurHealth in 2015 and his interests lie in investigative journalism and reporting the untold stories of disadvantaged rural communities. Ndivhuwo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies from the University of Venda and he is currently a registered student with UNISA.