The only functional school in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, was torched during a community protest. Learning and teaching had stopped at other schools as residents demand roads to be built.
What’s left of Bakutswe High’s administration block is a mere ten computers, stationery and teaching material, also destroyed.
SGB chairperson, Lucky Shabangu, expresses his disappointment at the burning of the school.
“We are very disappointed by this, our school for the past five years we have been getting over 90%, it is only last year that we got a 100% pass and now with this fire we might not achieve that,” says Shabangu.
Teachers have been reporting at the circuit office since the beginning of the strike.
“We partially link this with the on-going strike even though there are now criminal elements, because at this school they have been learning so they are trying to disturb them,” states SAPS’ Phillip Fakude.
Many schools remain like this one, closed for the past two months in the area and residents have vowed to keep them shut until their demands of proper roads are met.
Meanwhile three Thekwane pupils were hit by cars during a protest for roads.
The Mbombela municipality says plans are afoot to rectify the situation.
Source link : http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/f5c6d980406b3109a87bef22b496cfc2/Another-school-becomes-collateral-damage-in-protest-20170315
Publish date : 15 March 2017 | 6:37 pm