Will KZN Schools Still Be Reopening As Planned?

139 schools have been vandalised in Kwazulu-Natal as a result of the violent outbreaks and looting activities in the province. Schools reopen in 4 days, will the province be moving along normally? Keep reading to find out.

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Community members in Kwazulu-Natal were gathering and cleaning up what was left of a school which was looted after it was reported that 139 schools were affected by looting outbreaks in the province.

Many might now be asking whether schools in KZN will reopen on 26 July, as others in the country are, now that so many schools have been destroyed in the province. 

Plans to accommodate affected learners in time for the reopening of schools are underway, said the Provincial Education Department. Teams have been allocated to procure and install mobile classrooms.

KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu said:

We are going to reopen as planned.

Schools being destroyed means that hundreds of learners will be misplaced and many teachers and other school staff will no longer have a job. 

The Provincial Education Department has said that damaged schools were looted before they were set alight with Mshengu saying:

What we have seen is the target has been on the ICT equipment as well as the NSNP [National School Nutrition Programme] food that was in our schools.

Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, while giving an update on the unrest, said, "Equipment and food meant for the school nutrition programme was stolen, which means that these schools are unable to provide the school nutrition programme to the vulnerable learners".

He went on to say that there are schools which were stoned, windows which were broken and doors that were taken.

The Department of Basic Education's Spokesperon, Elijah Mhlanga, said that that only some of the 139 have been completely damaged with many still being usable. 

As for a budget for repairs, Mhlanga has said that there is not much money as the department had to suffer from budget cuts and that "we don't have money waiting to fix a school that has been deliberately destroyed by someone".

The department is said to have opened criminal cases at the police to hold those responsible accountable. Inspections of vandalised schools are currently underway as well.

"Let us protect schools and property from being vandalized, so that children can continue to learn in the future"

For the country, 143 schools were vandalised in total. 

The Department of Health is finalizing the assessment report on the extent of impact of the recent violent protests in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal on the vaccination rollout programme and general access to health services.

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