What else does one expect from high school pupils who must have probably heard or seen older ones unleash war in different universities, burn down buildings and what have you recently.
Though in a situation like this, there are people who usually stay at the front line and spearhead ‘activities’ while there are others who would gently flee from the arena.
But, whichever group each pupil finds himself, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says everyone is at fault here as he is not prepared to spend a ‘cent’ replacing any property in Orlando High School.
Not only that, the MEC said no company will even be employed to clean up the pupils’ mess as it would be cleaned by the pupils themselves. “This is the only way for them to see that this is wrong,” he added.
Panyaza Lesufi Holds Meeting With Parents
The MEC made this known on Sunday in a meeting with parents in the school. The meeting was convened after Lesufi visited the school on Friday to see for himself the damaged school property.
Orland High School Pupils went on the rampage on Thursday, damaging, looting and stealing school property, including furniture, laptops and computers. Three days earlier, some pupils burnt books and a classroom.
The protest is linked to student’s anger against the principal, Peter Nhlapo. According to the school’s pupils’ representative council president, Khulekani Zwane, Nhlapo disrespects pupils, often swearing at them.
Meanwhile, teachers who played part (s) in the shameful violence will also receive their punishment. It is also found that the principal alone did not contribute to the chaos at the school, but some teachers and pupils did too.
“If you are a teacher and you know you incited children to do this, we will act. We can’t allow lawlessness to prevail, we need to nip it in the bud,” the MEC said.
Also, pupils who led the riots and damaged the school would be suspended.
Meanwhile, MEC Panyaza Lesufi has undertaken to remove the principal while the department finds a solution to the problems at the school. He however asserted that removing the principal doesn’t make him a scapegoat of all that went wrong in the school.
“We will request the principal to take leave and allow the district officials to gather evidence and on that basis, we will be in a position to have someone in the interim lead the school.
We already engaged the principal since Friday, and I’m expecting feedback on whether he accepts to take leave or not. I will come again tomorrow (Monday) to meet with the management and introduce the person who will lead the school in the interim,” he said.
On the other hand, the National Education Department is currently struggling to determining the costs of repairing about two dozen schools torched in Vuwani, Limpopo, in the past three weeks.
About 50 schools in the area and the surrounding areas have been closed for safety reasons‚ affecting close to 40,000 learners.