KZN matric camp closed down over ‘appalling conditions’



The horrifying sight at a matric camp in the Harry Gwala District which has always been used for exam preparation has made KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu to shut it down.

Mshengu on Thursday instructed that the camp must be closed with immediate effect.

He also told the district to provide a conducive place for pupils and make sure they do not waste their academic time.

The National Senior Certificate exams are expected to begin on Thursday, 5 November.

“I have also directed the Head of Department (HOD) to give me a full report by Monday, 2 November 2020, explaining how the department found itself in such a precarious situation,” Mshengu added.

“The report from the HOD must include the amount spent in securing this camp.”

Mshengu also demanded that those behind the sore situation must be held responsible.

“As much as we want our learners to succeed and progress, we take a dim view and we are totally against accommodating our learners in such appalling conditions,” Mshengu said.

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