Jan 25, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Windows, doors, taps, roof stolen as North West school is stripped yet again

A school in the northwest was broken into and again robbed after being renovated more than five times due to vandalism. The cost amounted to almost 1 million rupees, which left government officials in despair.

During the December vacation, Tirelong Secondary School, outside Rustenburg, was hit again when criminals saw power cables, taps, the roof, books , Stole window frames, doors and kitchen utensils.

The Northwest Education Department said the school had been targeted since March 2020 and renovations had cost the department and a local mining company more than R800,000.

Given that schools are about to reopen, based on the recent incident, the department said it was not appropriate for students.

“The school has no running water or electricity. An intervention team has consulted all stakeholders who are affected by asking parents ‘permission to relocate the learners, “the department said.

Education MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela said the department would protect students’ rights on education.

“I came here to assure parents that their children are in safe hands if we move them to other schools. We want the Tirelong Secondary School learners to begin the learning process like other learners in other areas, ”said Matsemela, who met the parents on Monday.

Matsemela said three schools – Moedwil, Naauwpoort and Boons Mega Farm School – would take in students for the time being.

“The learners will be provided with transport, accommodation and food. The parents won’t spend a penny during the entire process. ”

She said a task team had been set up to take care of the move and find a permanent solution to the vandalism problem.