Pupils lock up police

2009-03-11 00:00

POLICE had to cut locks open to break free after being locked in by pupils of Mvuzo Secondary School in France township yesterday.

Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said police were called in after reports that pupils were boycotting classes and damaging school property.

The pupils were protesting over overflowing pit latrine toilets, no electricity, the lack of a permanent principal and doubts as to whether the school is registered.

One pupil said they questioned the school’s authenticity since it has never had a permanent principal since its inception five years ago.

“We have been asking to meet with the inspector for a long time for him to explain to us what is going on.”

Pupils’ representatives said the riot broke out only after the school inspector arrived with police.

Budhram said a meeting between police, pupils and teachers helped to restore order.

Department spokeswoman Mbali Thusi said the pupils’ grievances were addressed by local education officials who assured the pupils that the school is registered.

She said a new school is being built nearby “because of the issue of the water problem which was raised. It is at an advanced stage”.

A ward councillor has been asked to deal with the electricity problem, which arose because the lines to the school were cut by vandals.

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