Parents assured that their children will be in safe hands

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The North West Department of Education intervention team led by MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela concluded their consultation with the parents of Tirelong Secondary School near Rustenburg on Monday, 10 January 2022.

Tirelong Secondary School has been vandalised more than five times at a cost of almost more than R800 000.

North West Education department Spokesperson Elias Malindi said the school was again extremely vandalized during the December 2021 school recess. “The criminals stole electricity cables, water taps, school roof, books, window frames, doors, kitchen utensils, etc.”

Malindi added that the school conditions do not allow it to reopen on Monday,12 January 2022. “The school does not have running water including electricity to cater for the learners.”

An intervention team consulted all stakeholders affected by requesting permission from parents to relocate the learners. Education MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela emphasized that the department will protect the learner’s right to education.

“I came here to assure parents that their children will be in safe hands when we relocate them to other schools. We have agreed with the three schools of Moedwil, Naauwpoort and Boons Mega Farm School who are going to accommodate these learners of Tirelong Secondary School.”

Matsemala added that the learners will be provided with transport, accommodation and meals. “Parents are not going to spend any cent during this entire process”.

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