There are concerns that over 100 grade 12 learners from the Lemana Secondary School at Elim outside Louis Trichardt in Limpopo, may not be able to write their final exams. This as a security company, which is apparently owed payment for almost 15 months by the government, has locked the school premises, preventing the educators and learners from accessing it since Monday.

The grade 12 learners have been attending a nearby school since Tuesday, while lower grade learners have been sitting at home.

The educators have been reporting for duty outside the school premises.

Parents Tinyiko Mkharhi and Kenneth Ramikhithi say that taking their children to another school, Elim High, is costly.

“I have a grade 12 learner who has now been going to Elim High and it is costly to travel there.”

“I have got two students at Lemana High School, so we got a problem. We found that the school is closed, it takes a week now according to the students for the grade 12. It’s very difficult for transport. From our village to Elim it costs plus-minus 6 kilometres travelling.”

Meanwhile, Limpopo Education spokesperson, Tidimalo Chuene says they will be meeting today to ensure that lessons resume on Monday.

“The district office is convening and an urgent SGB meeting is scheduled for this afternoon at 2 to resolve the matter through all avenues at our disposal. His intention again is to also come up with a lesson catch up plan for learners who were not able to be in class for this week.”