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Pupils return to school after blaze

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Schooling in Britstown returned to normal after a fire on the premises interrupted exams earlier this week.

Fifty-eight Grade 12 learners from Theron High School in Britstown were yesterday unable to write their Mathematics and Mathematics Literacy examinations after a fire broke out at the school yesterday morning. Picture: Supplied

SCHOOLING at Theron High School in Britstown commenced as normal on Wednesday after a fire broke out on the premises on Monday.

The facility was evacuated following the blaze that destroyed nine classrooms, seven storage rooms, four restrooms and the kitchen.

The Northern Cape MEC for Education, Mac Jack, visited the school and said that his department had contingency plans in place to ensure that pupils did not miss out on any schooling.

Department spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe said yesterday that the department would provide nine mobile classrooms and two ablution facilities as a temporary solution.

“The demolition of the hostel will commence on September 15, 2019. A structural engineer visited the school earlier this week to determine whether the damaged school buildings could be refurbished or should be demolished,” said Van der Merwe.

He added that the preliminary examinations for matrics would be written in the coming weeks.

“Pupils will write the papers that they missed on Monday and Tuesday (this week) on September 9 and 13, 2019,” said Van der Merwe.

Although the cause of the fire is being investigated, it has been claimed that the incident followed after the community planned a shutdown on Monday.

Van der Merwe said that Jack advised community members not to display their frustrations by destroying state property.

“The MEC reminded parents that they should take ownership of their schools in order to preserve and protect it for generations to come. He emphasised that schools are a mirror reflection of our communities. If vandalism or violence is rife in our communities, it is likely to occur on our schools premises. School communities and parents must play their role in our society as our homes are the first institutions of learning,” said Van der Merwe.