Three classrooms for grades 10 and 11 were set on fire at Ramaine-A-Phetlhu Secondary School at Magogoe-a-Koikoi near Mafikeng in the North West.
“A resident, who lives near the school, contacted the school principal about 8pm on Friday night,” said Department of Education spokeswoman Elias Malindi. “Three tires were put in front of two classrooms and set on fire. The fire quickly spread to the next classroom. “
Major damage was done to two classrooms and the third was only partially damaged. “The furniture and part of the roof were also damaged in the fire,” Malindi added.
He said the fire department was called and police were notified to investigate and determine the extent of the damage.
Mmaphefo Matsemela, provincial MEC for education, asked the community to help identify the culprits. “I call on the community of Magogoe-a-Koikoi to help us please. This is a further setback for an academic year already disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. ”
She said the department is constantly working to get other grades back at the school. “The setback is absolutely unacceptable.” Alternative classrooms will be arranged.