Back to school, and back to reality, it would seem for school kids. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has stated that her department is ready for schools to reopen on Monday. However, this will be confirmed by President Cyril Ramaphosa during Sunday’s National Address, reports ENCA.
During a media briefing on Saturday regarding schools’ readiness to reopen, the minister stated that there were some concerns regarding the damage to schools and education department infrastructure. According to Motshekga, schools have reportedly suffered R300 million in damage following the destructive civil unrest that swept across KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
The province of KZN saw 137 education facilities, three education centres and eight offices vandalised, while 126 schools were damaged.
Gauteng appears to have been affected the least, with eleven schools vandalised by the unrest action. During the looting spree, electrical wires, copper cables, plumbing and water tanks were stolen, reports TimesLive.
However, the minister appeared to have a positive attitude despite the damage.
“In the face of major attacks on schools we must stand together to condemn the destruction,” she said.
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