Plan to help Khutsong matrics prepare

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Education authorities in Khutsong are contemplating setting up a special "camp" for scholars wanting to write their final matric exams in about 40 days.

With normal schooling having stopped for more than four months in the embattled township near Carletonville, many are asking whether students will be ready to write exams.

North West department of education spokesman Charles Raseala said: "We are going to pull out those students who are committed to writing their exams and put them in a camp so they can prepare for their final exams."

Pupils boycotted classes in April in protest against the incorporation of the Merafong municipality into North West.

In the past two weeks schooling looked as though it might return to normal.

But the fragile peace was broken this week when some pupils disrupted classes yet again.

Raseala said the situation in Khutsong was "out of hand" and his department could not force pupils to attend classes.

"Our priority is to help those who are interested in education.

"There is nothing we can do about those who are not interested," Raseala said.

He said no students turned up at Tsosongu High School, while only 20 had turned up at Relebogile Secondary School, and a handful of matriculants attended classes at Badirile High School.

In June, students did not write their mid-year examinations because of class disruptions.

There were no reports of disruption and intimidation at schools yesterday. A few students went to school.

Meanwhile, Jomo Mogale, one of several Badirile High School teachers who were suspended, appeared before a disciplinary hearing of the provincial department in Potchefstroom this week.

He stands accused of instigating students to participate in violent class disruptions in Khutsong. The hearing continues today.