The Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga welcomes the decision of the Vuwani community in Limpopo to lift a Government services shutdown that has prevented thousands of learners from accessing schooling in that area.
“We are very pleased that learners will be able to resume schooling, especially our Grade 12 learners who we have been very worried about as the countdown to the start of examinations draws closer, we are ready to implement the catch up plan for learners to ensure they are ready for their examinations,” said Minister Motshekga.
The Departmental catch-up plan will be implemented with immediate effect, starting with a meeting of Circuit Managers and District Directors this afternoon to prepare for Grade 12 learners who will go back to school tomorrow and for all other learners who will go back to school next week Monday.
The decision to lift the shutdown follows a mass meeting held in Vuwani this morning where community members decided to suspend their protest in order to ensure learners would no longer be adversely affected.
With just 20 days to go before the start of the National Senior Certificate examinations, this resumption of schooling in the area is even more pertinent for the Grade 12 learners.
The Department of Basic Education will be working closely with the Provincial Education Department to monitor the implementation of a comprehensive catch up plan to ensure learners are adequately supported and prepared to sit for their examinations. At this stage the 1657 grade 12 learners are the priority.
A total of 78 schools were affected by the shutdown, 26 Secondary Schools and 52 Primary Schools, with a total of over 29000 learners.
The Minister expressed her gratitude to the Vuwani Community for ensuring schools reopened.
“We would like to expressly appreciate the support and cooperation of the Vuwani community for working with us in prioritising education and ensuring learners can return to school,” said Minister Motshekga.