School deals with latecomers

2018-06-01 06:00
PHOTO: siphelele nketoMount Currie High pupils locked outside the school gate for late-coming.

PHOTO: siphelele nketoMount Currie High pupils locked outside the school gate for late-coming.

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MOUNT Currie High in Kokstad had to call on SAPS when a large number of pupils threatened teachers on Monday morning after the school had closed the gates to latecomers.

Rubber bullets were fired, and one pupil claims he was injured in the elbow during the incident. School principal, Jeffrey Solomon, said pupils arriving late at school is a problem and that it disrupts learning and teaching.

Solomon said during a meeting held at the school last month, parents were informed about the challenge of pupils who do not arrive at school on time. “Pupils have been warned to be at school by 7.45 am but they don’t obey this rule. The school is not going to be lenient towards them because they contravene rules and regulations of the school. School gates will be closed and locked at 7.45 am, and pupils will be locked outside. They will be informed to call their parents who will [have to] explain why they are late,” said Solomon.

Solomon said that the school will strengthen laws to maintain discipline within pupils. He added that sometimes pupils don’t pay attention to the security guard at the school when notifies them to get into the premises before 7.45 am.

When the Fever arrived at the school on Monday morning, a number of pupils were locked outside while others were in classrooms. A police van was inside the school premises to maintain order while angry pupils shouted outside the gate, claiming that their rights were being violated by the school.

“We come late to school because we have to wait for one another. When we come to school, gangsters threaten us and take our school bags. We prefer walking as a group when going to school,” said an 18-year-old Grade 10 pupil.

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