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Free State education department closes QwaQwa schools here is why

Following a weather warning for heavy rains in the region, schools in QwaQwa in the Free State will be closed on Monday.

The Free State education department released a statement on Sunday urging students and instructors to exercise caution in QwaQwa due to heavy rainfall.

"Schooling in QwaQwa was suspended [on Monday] due to torrential downpours that [may] damage a major area of QwaQwa, impeding the movement of locals, including learners and instructors," stated Free State Education MEC Tate Makgoe.

On Monday morning, Makgoe added, the department and stakeholders will examine the situation and "advise schools in QwaQwa whether we will continue to suspend schooling or not."

"This decision was made with great care to protect our students, teachers, and non-teaching workers at our schools," Makgoe added.

Eight people drowned in heavy rain in various parts of the Free State last month, while a 13-year-old teen went missing. According to News24, the Free State police's Water Wing retrieved the bodies of eight people who drowned in various waterways.

A 21-year-old priest and a 41-year-old woman were among the dead washed away during a baptism.


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