The Northern Cape Department of Education says a forensic investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of a fire which wreaked havoc at the Sutherland High School in the early hours of September 27th.
According to departmental spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe the raging inferno destroyed a total of 7 classrooms, the administration block, staff room and the school hall with no injuries being reported. Van Der Merwe also added that nearly most of the schools 137 learners school assessment documents had also been destroyed by the inferno and a task force had been appointed to asses the damage.
“A departmental task team has been appointed to assess the damage and develop a contingency plan to ensure that learner academic performance is not negatively affected when the school reopens for the fourth quarter. The Department will appoint a service provider to secure the area and remove the damaged structure from the school premises, as the safety of educators and learners are our first priority.”
A remaining 4 classrooms and school hostel are still intact and will be used to accommodate learners for the rest of the school year. The blazing incident is just one of the few to wreak havoc in this year at a Northern Cape school. “This is the third incident of this nature that occurred in Northern Cape schools during this year. We will await the outcome of the forensic investigation by SAPS and will work speedily to normalize the situation at this school,” concluded van der Merwe.