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KZN Dept of Education finds places for learners left without classrooms due to recent floods

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga handing over stationery to the learners. Picture:Twitter

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga handing over stationery to the learners. Picture:Twitter

Published Apr 21, 2022

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MINISTER of Basic Education Angie Motshekga together with KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu successfully placed learners, housed at the Ntuzuma hall, in surrounding schools on Wednesday.

The department shared images on social media showing Motshekga and Mshengu handing over stationery to the pupils.

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Provincial spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said that on Monday the department took a decision to allow pupils from severely affected schools to attend classes at neighbouring schools until the extent of the damage is assessed.

“On Monday before schools were open, we took a decision that pupils of all grades from severely affected schools should go to any nearby school. This also applies to learners who can’t make their way to schools due to damaged roads and bridges and those who don't have school uniforms.”

This came after territorial rain hit the province and left 630 schools damaged. Of these, 124 were extensively damaged, and two schools were being used to house displaced people.

During Motshekga’s visit to assess the extent of the damage to school infrastructure, she promised to address the needs of all affected schools in the province as soon as possible

“For now we are assessing what the damages are, what is possible under the circumstances and what we need to do where we are unable to really send kids back to school for normal learning.”

She called on community members, parents and teachers to lend a hand to fast-track the clean-up operations at affected schools so that teaching can go back to normal in the province.

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According to the department, Motshekga will be handing over school uniforms by Friday.

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