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Fire destroys seven classrooms at school

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A total of seven classrooms, the administration block, the staff room and the school hall were totally destroyed in the fire

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SUTHERLAND High School has been partially destroyed due to a fire that broke out in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Northern Cape Department of Education spokesperson, Geoffrey van der Merwe, said yesterday that a forensic investigation was under way to determine the cause of the fire.

A total of seven classrooms, the administration block, the staff room and the school hall were totally destroyed in the fire.

“Fortunately, no injuries were reported,” Van der Merwe said.

The school accommodates 137 pupils, including 20 matrics.

“Most of the matrics’ school-based assessment documents were destroyed,” Van der Merwe said.

“A departmental task team has been appointed to assess the damage and develop a contingency plan to ensure that pupil academic performance is not negatively affected when the school reopens for the fourth quarter.

“The department will appoint a service provider to secure the area and remove the damaged structures from the school premises, as the safety of teachers and pupils is our first priority.”

Van der Merwe stated that four classrooms and the hostel were still intact and would be used to accommodate the pupils for the remainder of the school academic year.

“This is the third incident of this nature that occurred in Northern Cape schools during this year.”

He added that the department was awaiting the outcome of the forensic investigation by the police and would work speedily to normalise the situation at the Sutherland school.