Basic Education Minister Motshekga welcomes agreement on the reopening of Vuwani schools

The Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga has welcomed with relief the agreement in Vuwani that will lift the shutdown and allow schools to reopen. The agreement between the Government and Traditional Leadership in Vuwani sees the restoration of education services in the area from August 4.

The Minister extends her appreciation to all those who have worked tirelessly since the inception of the crisis in Vuwani to ensure peace and stability is returned to the area and an enabling environment for schooling to resume is created.

Minister Motshekga paid a special tribute to the Limpopo Department of Education officials who worked very hard to ensure that the plight of learners was made a priority during the difficult times that the Vuwani learners and educators found themselves in.

Process towards re-opening schools

The Education Department in Limpopo will work tirelessly with the assistance of the Department of Basic Education to move the necessary resources into the area in a bid to have education services fully restored to the learners of Vuwani and surrounds by August 4 as per the agreement.

A full catch up and recovery plan has been developed and is ready to implement on the first day that schooling is restored. This will encompass after hour and weekend classes, as well as the utilisation of ICT and working through the September holidays in-order to make up for lost time.

We have the full support of teacher unions and the National Education Collaboration Trust who have been on hand and committed to the catch-up and recovery plan for all learners.

Matric camps progress

1 985 Grade 12 learners were moved to camps for an intensive catch up programme on the 26th of June 2016. These Grade 12 learners are progressing well with the recovery programme and are currently writing their mid-year examinations at the Makhado, Tzaneen and Seshego camps. The examinations will continue until the end of this coming week when the learners will also return to their schools.

“We are relieved and excited by these recent developments in Vuwani. We are grateful for all those involved in ensuring that this impasse is resolved and our learner’s right to education is fully restored,” said Minister Motshekga.

Issued by the Department of Basic Education
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