The total shutdown in Vuwani has been lifted.
The community leadership announced on Monday that all services may operate as normal. The learners have also started with their catch-up programme.
Department of Basic Education's, Elijah Mhlanga says they have set up seven centres where the school learners will be attending the catch-up programme.
A total of 78 schools in the Vuwani area have been affected by the shutdown.
We have prioritised those that are in Grade 12 to start today and everyone can join in from next week.— Elijah Mhlanga, Spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education
Mhlanga says the Department is helping learners prepare, as there are only 19 days before exams begin.
There is not enough time. It's a tough job that needs to be done but we have to do it. We need to assist those learners there.— Elijah Mhlanga, Spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education
They have been disadvantaged for some time now, and we believe that according to the plan that we have in place, we hope will be able to recover whatever time that has been lost.— Elijah Mhlanga, Spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education
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