25 March 2019


MEC Lehari appeals for learners to beallowed back to school

by: Bayanda Zenzile   date: 26 April 2018


MEC for Education and Sport Development, Sello Lehari,
has appealed to parents to allow learners to go back to
school after the protracted protests experienced
in Mahikeng and other areas of Bokone Bophirima. Learning has been disrupted since last
week Wednesday, with learners chased out of schools by mobs of protesters. Teaching and learning was extremely affected as protests spread to other parts
of the province. “As a department, we are appealing to
parents in areas affected by protests to
allow learners to go back to school. This 
quarter for education is very short and
learners have already lost three days of teaching and learning.
“We have been assured by safety departments that there is high police visibility in the affected areas. Parents are
requested to heed and respond to communication
sent to them by school principals where their children attend school
and not listen to unconfirmed rumours,”
appealed Lehari. Teachers in affected schools have responded
in high numbers and are already
in schools, but without learners, they cannot do their job. The Education
department said it is looking forward to complete learner attendance after the
situation has calmed down around Mahikeng.