Four schools torched in Mpumalanga in less than a week – learners cannot write exams

The damage to Ditau Secondary School in Bushbuckridge. (Photo Tumelo waga Dibakwane.)

Education Department has no money to fix the damage

Tumelo Waga  Dibakwane

IN a matter of mere days,  a total of four schools were torched in the province. With the Department of Education in Mpumalanga planning to build more schools, this is situation is unacceptable and shocking as there is no additional funds available to rebuild the damaged schools and classromms.

In the most recent incident, Ditau Secondary School in Shatale, Bushbuckridge was set alight. No one knows why  schools are burnt down, but it is suspected with the election year coming up, that most protests are politically motivated. The schools that were recently torched are Leftukuthula Primary School in Matsulu Township, Mbombela and two schools in Thabana village in the Mpumalanga Highveld.

The Education Department reacted with shock at the latest news and said that the Ditau Secondary School is one of the under performing schools in the province and learners will now even be more negatively affected. As many as 407 learners from all these school cannot write exams or will have to do so under challenging circumstances.


The department reiterated its position that it does not have the financial resources to fix the damage. Meanwhile, classes have resumed at some of the torched schools.