Garies High School: Education Department to Assess Damage After 11 Classrooms, Admin Block Were Gutted by Fire

Garies High School: Education Department to Assess Damage After 11 Classrooms, Admin Block Were Gutted by Fire

  • The Nothern Cape Education department will on Monday assess the damage caused by a fire that ravaged Garies High School in the Namakwa District
  • According to reports, the blaze gutted 11 classrooms, an admin block, toilets and learning materials
  • Authorities are putting in place measures to ensure that the school's 216 learners, including 21 matriculants' education, are not affected

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The Northern Cape Education department is faced with the mammoth task of assessing the damage at the Garies High School after a fire broke out on Saturday.

Fire guts Garies High School in the Northern Cape
The Northern Cape education department will assess the damage to the Garies High School after the fire on Saturday. Image: Getty Images.
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The blaze, which firefighters contained after many hours, reportedly completely destroyed 11 classrooms, an administration block, toilets and learners' learning materials.

According to SABC News, authorities from the provincial education department will visit the school on Monday to assess the damage and pave the way forward. In a statement, the department's spokesperson Geoffrey Van der Merwe said measures to assist pupils and staff are being implemented. He said:

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"At this stage, the exact cause of the fire is not clear nor arson is suspected, the fire is a devastating blow as the school serves several surrounding communities in the Kamiesberg municipality and also accommodates Grade 12 learners."

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TimesLIVE reports that Namakwa Civic Movement's Donne-lee Jano said the shortage of trained firefighters and firefighting equipment in the Namakwa area must be addressed urgently.

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Privie Kandi (Entertainment Editor) Privilege Kandi is an entertainment news editor (joined Briefly in 2022). A Journalism and Mass Communication graduate from the Christian College of Southern Africa (2016), she has been in the arts and entertainment industry for six years. Privie has worked for the Zimbabwe International Film and Festival Trust as a communications officer and a writer and TV producer for lifestyle and entertainment channel CME TV. She passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative. You can reach her at privie.kandi@briefly.co.za.

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