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MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe’s department has been accused of not providing transport for supplementary exams pupils. Photo by Phuti Raletjena  ~ 

THE DA in Limpopo is worried that some of the 44 328 pupils expected to write supplementary exams next month could miss out because they live far away from exam centres.

Some pupils missed their exams completely, while others only have to write one or two subjects.

The DA has accused the provincial education department of failing to provide transport for them.

In some districts, pupils in remote areas will have to travel more than 20km using their own transport.

Provincial DA leader Jacques Smalle said according to previous reports, pupils from remote areas did not write all supplementary exams.

“If they have to travel over 20km, they will never finish writing exams,” he said.

“The department did not have the foresight to organise scholar transport for those who cannot afford to pay transport fees on a daily basis to write these supplementary exams.”

He said it was the department’s duty to ensure pupils wrote the exams in allocated centres.

But education spokesman Sam Makondo told the People’s Paper: “Pupils always have been able to go to their respective centres because the department has scholar transport in place.

“By February and March during supplementary exams, schools will be open and scholar transport in place for all qualifying pupils.

“Pupils qualify according to October/November results to write supplementary exams but aren’t writing because they missed a certain exam.”

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