Three classrooms provisioned for the phasing in of Grade 10 and 11 were set alight at Ramaine -A- Phetlhu Secondary School at Magogoe a Koikoi village in Mafikeng on Wednesday.

The department came to the knowledge of the fire around 8pm upon the principal receiving a call from a resident.

Three burning tyres were placed infront of two classrooms and by extension another classroom was affected.

Two classrooms are badly damaged while one is moderately burnt. The damage includes all the classroom furniture and part of the roof.

Fire department was called at once to quench the fire and police were informed to come to the school to confirm the damage caused.

A case of arson has been opened and no arrests have been made as yet.

MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela appeals to the community to assist in identifying the culprit as this a setback to the remainder of the academic year for learners.

“I am making an appeal to the community of Magogoe -a- Koikoi to please assist us in identifying the culprits to this damage. This is a setback to an already compromised academic year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The department is tirelessly working on phasing in of other Grades and this kind of setback is gravely unacceptable,” Matsemela said.