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The North West Education and Sport Development department is excited and optimistic that learners of Madibogopan Village will be returning to school on Monday, 04 June 2018.

This came after an urgent intervention meeting of the North West Provincial Government departments engaged with the community leaders of Madibogopan Village. The protest in the area has affected schooling for a period of over three months without learning and teaching due to the demands of a tarred road

The community met with MECs Sello Lehari (Education and Sport Dvelopment), Fenny Gaoloalwe (Local Government and Human Settlement), Mmule Maluleke (Public Works and Roads), Dr Mpho Motlhabane (Community Safety and Transport Management) and Mayor for Ratlou Local Municipality, Councillor Tebogo Modise to resolve that schools will resume on Monday.

The North West Education and Sport Development MEC, Sello Lehari was happy about the outcome of the meeting.

“As a department we are very happy that finally we have agreed with the community of Madibogopan for learners to go back to school.  The last year protests in the area adversely affected G.S. Phoi Secondary school in their matric results as they obtained 56.90% and it was the most underperforming school in the province. We are appealing to our communities to desist from disrupting learning and teaching whenever they are unhappy about services in their areas”, said MEC Lehari.

He further indicated that the department has already drawn an intervention plan to be rolled out in order for learners to gain the lost teaching time.

Thabo Makgoane who is the Chairperson of the Madibogopan Community Forum expressed that they were excited that learners will be going back to school. He said, this impasse will send a message to the government that they should deliver their promises to the people as stated.

Winter school, Saturday classes to commence as part of the recovery and the consultative meeting with Educator Union to persuade educators not to close for June Vacation.