By Jonk wa Mashamba
Only four days remain before pupils from Tshikombani Primary School sit for the final exam on 15 November.
But the school has already suffered a great loss from the thugs who targeted it by torching the administration building.
The school, located at Nzhelele Circuit, Vhembe West District, Limpopo, was set ablaze on Tuesday, raising concerns to school safety in the province.
According to the information at our disposal, valuable ICT documents and equipment like computers and a bulk printer were lost in the fire. Fire fighters were called, but it was too late to save the block.
Limpopo education MEC, Polly Boshielo condemned the incident.
She said that the administrative block that housed the principal’s office and the computer room, which was also used by educators as a personnel room, were burned to the ground. The police believe the arson was committed.
Boshielo said that the pupils of the school had to begin their final examination on 15 November.
However, the department said the district office was already making arrangements for nearby schools to support Tshikombani with computers and printers, in order to ensure the proper functioning of the exams.
In condemning the incident, the MEC declared that anyone who deliberately damages critical infrastructure is an enemy of development.
She said she was thankful for the school’s governing body, members of the local community and municipal firefighters for their swift action.
“This really helped in preventing the fire from spreading to the classrooms. We call on the local community to help the police in their investigations by coming forward with information,” Boshielo said.