North West Education MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela met with the community of Boikhutshong village near Ventersdorp on Wednesday, 19 February 2020 who raised concerns about not having a school in their village.
Matsemela apologised to the community for their unmet demand of building them a school in the 2018/19 financial year. The delay is due to the school not being included in the priority list.
This caused unrest with the community which affected schooling in Goedgefonden and Boikhutshong villages resulting in disrupted teaching and learning since the beginning of this week.
Addressing the community Matsemela aimed at resolving the matter by progressively appointing a task team that will work with the community to ensure the project takes place and apologised to the community.
“We sincerely apologize for this error and we take to account full responsibility to correct the situation. I wish to expedite the promise by undertaking a sod turning within the next six months for the construction of a primary school because learners that are mostly affected are those of primary school going age. I therefore request cooperation and tolerance between the department and community in order to move forward together”, said Matsemela.
The community is urged to release learners back to school by Thursday, 20 February 2020. A catch up plan for affected school has been scheduled.