3 pupils arrested for vandalism in FS

2011-01-26 21:59

Johannesburg - Three school children, aged between 16 and 18, were arrested on Wednesday for vandalism and public violence at a Botshabelo school, Free State police said.

"Police received information that pupils of Khoroyathuto high school at D section have damaged the school," Constable Consolation Mokoale said.

"On their arrival they found five cars, belonging to the teachers, damaged, the windows were broken."

On Tuesday the provincial education department and the school management had a meeting where they decided about the year mark system to be implemented, she said.

They wanted to view how pupils performed last year and those who qualified to be promoted.

"It is alleged that educators implemented the plan, but some of the learners were not satisfied. They wanted to be promoted automatically regardless of their results and that is where the problem started," Mokoale said.

"Some pupils allegedly started to throw stones at the educators' vehicles and some of the school windows were damaged. They also barricaded the school gates and the roads."

The three were expected to appear in the Botshabelo Magistrate's Court on January 28 on charges of malicious damage to property and public violence.

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