MEC for Education in the North West province, Viola Motsumi intervened to a dire need of classroom shortage at Tlhakajeng Primary School in Kraaipan village near Khunwana by providing four mobile classrooms earlier this month as an interim measure.

This follows an incident of six classrooms that were burnt by protesting community members in 2019 due to bad conditions of the school.

Some of the community members who participated in the protest were arrested by the police.

Motsumi instructed officials to provide more classrooms for this school.

“We cannot condemn learners for the acts committed by the adults. These learners suffered for a long time without a proper school in this area. Now we are approaching winter and we cannot expose them to cold.

“This year we are going to build them eight (8) classrooms, administration block and the ablution facilities. Next year we are going to ensure that we improve their sporting grounds” expressed MEC Motsumi.

MEC Motsumi further warned communities from destroying the public properties.

“I further wish to condemn those communities who embark on destroying public properties. We have a huge backlog of building schools in this province and burning them causes the department to prioritise again the same schools. I am appealing with our communities to desist from such an unfavorable act”, said MEC Motsumi.

Previously the school was furnished with three mobile classrooms immediately after the torching making it a total of seven mobile classrooms to alleviate overcrowding.


For more information please contact:
Elias Malindi
Departmental Spokesperson
Cell: 0721154855/0728928399

Author: tkhechane