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JOHANNESBURG -  The Mpumalanga Department of Education on Thursday confirmed that classes has resumed at the Ditau Secondary School in Shatale in the Bushbuckridge local municipality, this after three classrooms were torched.

The classrooms were burnt down this week, after the community protested the results of a recent by-election.

Department spokesperson Jasper Zwane said teaching and learning was also back to normal at Leftukuthula Primary School in Matsulu Village and schools in Thabana Village, all of which had also been damaged in community protests.

“The department appreciates efforts  made by the school management teams, school governing bodies, parents and other stakeholders to resuscitate teaching and learning under these trying developments,” said Zwane.

Zwane said the mid-year examination will continue and the department will monitor the situation.

On Tuesday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga called on for harsher sentences for people convicted of damaging schools. Motshekga said the department spends millions on repairing damaged infrastructure caused by protesters.

African News Agency (ANA)