Bloemfontein pupils protest added classes

2012-08-08 10:23

Bloemfontein - Pupils at a farm school outside Bloemfontein have burned tyres and school desks, apparently in a protest against additional classes ordered by the principal, it was reported on Wednesday.

According to the Volksblad newspaper, it appeared that some of the teachers opposed the additional classes and that they might be behind the pupils' vandalism.

Teachers at the Semajane farm school, in Roodewal, stood and watched as the children, some just 10-years-old, started burning school desks around 08:00 on Tuesday and vandalised the school's fence.

They also pelted the city’s fire brigade with stones.

The newspaper reported that the school's principal Tate Ntlhare announced the additional classes in an attempt to help the children catch up with their schoolwork and improve their marks.

People gathered at the scene criticised the children’s behaviour and told Volksblad Ntlhare was working hard to establish a proper school.

"Before he arrived, nearly no Grade 8 pupil passed, now all of them pass," one of them said.

Free State education spokesperson Howard Ndaba denied the vandalism at the school, despite the witnesses' accounts.

He told the newspaper the pupils thought two teachers had been suspended, but that they had actually been redeployed because there were no posts for them at the school.

  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-08 10:26

    The more things change.... Playing right into ANC policy though of dumb voters... ROFL!

      lulama.nokubeni - 2012-08-08 10:42

      are these kids on drugs or something burning and vandalising their own school. This is madness

      shelley.pembroke.3 - 2012-08-08 10:43

      They're complaining about learning TOO MUCH??? Really? You know what, F*** 'em, let them go without education. Send them to Limpopo or something.

      christopher.saint.3386 - 2012-08-08 10:45

      Hahahahaha hahahahaha... The dumb gets dumber...

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-08 10:48

      Christopher its actually very tragic! How long do you still want to sit in this mess?

      Heibrin - 2012-08-08 11:23

      @lulama.nokubeni: my father once gave me this advise: 'The bed that you make for yourself is the one that you sleep in.' The ANC taught the masses that if you are unhappy you protest, the more violent the better. This worked well for them during the apartheid era, hoever now they are reaping the results of their 'freedom before education' policies: instead of lodging a complaint with the Education Department (as civilized people would have done), it is far easier to violently protest. Who wants to bet that at the end of the year they'll demand that the children be put through to the next class?

      herman.heil - 2012-08-08 11:24

      This is the reason the anc feels a flying f for education, they are just not interested in learning......they want to stay dumb!

      TheReasonableMan - 2012-08-08 11:42

      Bring back the cane!... spare the rod, spoil the child.

      Pixi3kid - 2012-08-08 12:57

      Sjoe but they start young!

      Pixi3kid - 2012-08-08 13:05

      Cant believe this! this is nothing more than a moerse TANTRUM thrown by n bunch of snot nosed kids, being forced to do something that they dont want to do, but will actually further them in life! ai the mentality of some mothers children! stay tuned... next week will see the building burning cause they will have no desks! mmmm i wonder where the protesters get all these tyres from... you hear it every week... tyres burning here and there and everywhere. some tyre manufacturer must make a killing

      Greg - 2012-08-08 13:41

      What a f***ing Joke doubt they will next week be complaining that they have no desks to sit at...bunch of idiots!!!

      gerald.mphuthi - 2012-08-29 11:44

      The parents can play their part on this one, it's never too late

  • yanga.dlokolo - 2012-08-08 10:31

    Just like 1976 but defferent motive

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-08 10:35

      Yip the motive this time refusing to better yourself.

      oneant.kasinski - 2012-08-08 10:51

      this makes us think that the cause of unemployment is in fact a lack of work ethic.

  • shellerjc.rjc - 2012-08-08 10:36

    Thats right - lets burn the desks so that we can all stand and look pathetic to the world saying "how must we learn without desks" How stupid

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-08-08 11:26

      Instead of burning the desks, they should give them to some schools who have none. Like those kids who have to learn under trees.

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-08 13:01

      Shelly, "Free State education spokesperson Howard Ndaba denied the vandalism at the school" when the pic shows the desks burning. So is this Education dept in denial or N24 talking rubbish? But quite frankly the sympathy I had for the textbook fiasco in Limpopo is now some what moderated by this article. This incident is beyond stupid. Someone (read the taxpayer) must replace those desks. AND they will now have to attend even more additional classes. This is the level of some of the populace that have a say who should be in government. "Before he arrived, nearly no Grade 8 pupil passed, now all of them pass," one of them said. With this stupid mentality, it illustrates how easy it is to pass Grade 8!

  • Tishan - 2012-08-08 10:37

    so after the protests are over and things calm down what equipment do they have to continue with their school work.. and if they fail we quick to blame the education department..

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-08 10:39

      Who is not entirely innocent in all of this.

  • festivalj - 2012-08-08 10:37

    now all students make excuses of learning because of textbook era ,tey are to push the old fight of PASS ONE PASS ALL its no longer working they must study hard for them selves you cant get points without working for them. a ten(10)year old burning tire i never try that since i at Soweto school STUDENTS WHY VANDALISM SCHOOL you get back to those desk you burned and use them again you gonna get whats coming to you.

  • mirrorman.smith - 2012-08-08 10:38

    I don't think I will ever understand the mentality of some of the people in this country. Children 10 year's old protesting? At that age they cannot possibly have an idea or understanding of what they are protesting about. What is even more worrying is that they already have the stupid idea that it is acceptable to damage public property. Ai ai ai...

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-08 10:41

    The new curriculum as per the anc to be implemented when kids turn 10. -Protesting 101 -Burning property - The first steps -Vandalism and the tools required -Passing blame, the basic tools -Stone throwing and improving your aim -disrespecting you teachers and other elders

  • logical007 - 2012-08-08 10:42

    Burn your desks now, then protest later DEMANDING new desks???? How about learning for a change?? What does a 10 year old know about protesting???

      mirrorman.smith - 2012-08-08 10:51

      True. Very true. Once again blaming the school and the teachers rather than the real enemy: in this case our government that appears not to give a damn about the people of this country. Their priorities are all wrong. They are worried about passing laws that will cost them the elections. Pronblem is they are putting themselves before the country.

  • cuthbert.murwisi - 2012-08-08 10:42

    This reminds me of a colleague who would shout at learners skipping school, "Hey don't run away from civilisation".

  • arne.verhoef - 2012-08-08 10:46

    Hulle leer van kinsbeen af

  • barry.ahern.3 - 2012-08-08 10:50

    Future Government officials everybody, round of applause. Cant think of a more blatant way to say "Im happy being stupid, and i prefer the grants"

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2012-08-08 10:50

    I am speechless. These are our future BEE partners - starting at the top.

  • riaan.croucamp.3 - 2012-08-08 10:53

    liberation before education!!! fantastic rewards you are reaping.

  • pws69 - 2012-08-08 10:54

    My ten year old burned a school desk wouldn't sit for at least a month.

  • sydney.maduna - 2012-08-08 10:54

    This is a shame! They learn from thier parents that burning tyres and vandalizing property is the only way to solve problems! Shame.....

  • Annelene Johnstone - 2012-08-08 10:58

    Well the saying' cut your nose to spite the face' is so true. brake down the school and next week the poor children dont have desk and a school. people have to feel sorry for them and help to replace it. Well you brake you stay without and klaar. Stop giving and feeling sorry and help those you really wants to study let the other stay at home they disturb those who want to become something in life.

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-08 11:03

    i see my comment was removed, must be the bee ancyl uneducated morons at news 24, idiots

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-08 14:05

      A lot of my coments are getting removed too these days.

  • helio.paulo.7 - 2012-08-08 11:08


      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-08 11:16

      Probably torching some municipal building

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  • - 2012-08-08 11:10

    shocking! burning their shcool's property because they are fortunate enough to receive additional classes, idiots they shall remain! how unfortunate!

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-08-08 11:12

    They should all be expelled. They obviously don't have any desire to better there education. This what you call our future. Scary thought.

  • wilhelm.grobbelaar - 2012-08-08 11:13

    And they want free education. They can't even handle basic education. They really don't need education to know that more classes will mean more people will get educated.

  • kmaruma - 2012-08-08 11:20

    Last week parents burned a school in North West Now these buggers are destroying theirs I'm Speechless God left Africa a long time ago & coming back is not one of his options

  • TheReasonableMan - 2012-08-08 11:20

    I have to pay R180 per hour for extra maths classes for my daughter, just to ensure she maintains a +70% average, which will be required for her to gain entry to the university course she wants to do. She grabbed the opportunity with both hands, not complaining that she has to spend another 1-2 hours a week behind the books.... herein lies the difference!

  • stanley.matshika - 2012-08-08 11:22

    Who wants education?when you know that you will apply for RDP house and social grant.Pathetic people,this country makes me sick.

      Thebe Hlahatsi - 2012-08-08 11:33

      eish! i give up now, it is clear that even in heaven we black people will be sweeping the clouds with our destructive mentality.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-08-08 11:22

    Okay so this is what they are teaching the children at school these days - and they complain when they don't have books - eish but what a screwed up world we live in. I think that the next time they complain about wanting better salaries, smaller classes, more books, better facilities - just tell them to take a flying leap.

  • susan.magaela - 2012-08-08 11:24

    Teachers (mothers and fathers)at the Semajane farm school, in Roodewal, stood and watched as the childrensome just 10-years-old, started burning school desks around 08:00 on Tuesday and vandalised the school's fence.Thats right their kids are going to model C schools what do they care!! it appeared that some of the teachers opposed the additional classes and that they might be behind the pupils' vandalism.

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-08-08 11:30

    This is brilliant!!! The future ANCYL committee starts! I am now really confused as to what the youth of SA wants??? More education or less? Or are they just lazy? I can just imagine the slogans these kids uses "Less School work more money" The sad thing is that it was probably the teachers who instagated this as they don't want extra work.

  • susan.magaela - 2012-08-08 11:35

    "Teachers at the Semajane farm school, in Roodewal, stood and watched as the children, some just 10-years-old, started burning school desks around 08:00 on Tuesday and vandalised the school's fence." Thats right their kids go to model C schools what do they care!! "According to the Volksblad newspaper, it appeared that some of the teachers opposed the additional classes and that they might be behind the pupils' vandalism." still suprised how a ten yoer old vandalised school equipment?! investigate these teachers

  • mello.thebehali - 2012-08-08 11:38

    Whether 2 teachers were redeployed or extra classes, these children had no rite to burn desks or be unruly. It just shows how illiterate some children r. They won't amount to anything if they start so early s 10 yrs. If teachers were involved, sies on them. They r killing this nation.

  • riette.nothling - 2012-08-08 11:48

    absolutely barbaric that children does this, and even with actual photos as proof the department denies vandalism! Teachers causing the children to behave like this because they don't want to teach extra classes should be banned from ever teaching again, they are not in it to help the kids. Then again, doesn't seem the children are there to study anyway.

  • keith.recore - 2012-08-08 11:49

    well the adults did a fine job here of "teaching" kids how to deal w/ problems. Shame!

  • kmaruma - 2012-08-08 11:56

    Sierra Leone in the making

  • arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-08-08 12:06

    They don't want anything they have to work for. Tipical ANC

      marius.j.rensburg.3 - 2012-08-08 21:45

      Just asking because 10yr old kids are not allowed to work or vote - so how did you connect "they don't want to work" and "typical ANC" to 10yr olds?

  • mosibudi.rasethaba - 2012-08-08 12:09

    The state of our countries pupils still shows slave mentality. I don't blame the kids for burning the tables, rather their teachers because I don't think a 10 year old could comprehend and have a reason for such behaviour. A new breed of leadership should emerge in order to restore a sense of self worth and patriotism for one's self, institution and country.

  • lauren.duimelaar - 2012-08-08 12:21

    These kids must not moan about lack of education or school supplies if they burn desks and do not want class... typical youth that think the ANC will forever help them and give them a better life, they are just burning themselves for their future! i would just let them get no education then and remain low lifes if that is the path they want to choose whilst they wait for the ANC.

      mosibudi.rasethaba - 2012-08-08 12:27

      I hear what you saying, but do you really think that a 10 year old could go about doing such an act with full understanding, I doubt it. I mean these kids aren't even over 16 the teachers should've stopped it with ease. These children are made the escape goats, for personal feuds between the teachers, principle and government.

  • kmaruma - 2012-08-08 12:25

    Beauty fades,Dumb is forever

  • david.petrowski.56 - 2012-08-08 12:48

    A headmaster trying to improve the school, and the teachers, not prepared to do any extra work, so they get the children to toyi-toyi.

      kmaruma - 2012-08-08 12:59

      After that they demand more money *Shame*

  • kevin.masterson.98 - 2012-08-08 12:50

    A little harsh but i would adopts the attitude of 'fine, help yourself' then. Pelting the fire brigade with rocks? Honestly? Put their names on a list for failure of the term - making them redo the year - the parents will sort them out once they learn of the added school fees.

      tony.naidoo - 2012-08-08 13:20

      Parents? No mate, parents care. Baby makers don't!

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-08-08 12:53

    South Africa...going further south! Looks like the next crop is going to be worse! Welcome to the world of Mad Max!

  • malette.snyman - 2012-08-10 10:06

    How much do you wanna bet their next move will be protesting because they don't have desks! *rolls eyes*

  • ashley.malotle - 2012-08-14 10:51

    Someone,,,somebody must do something about that b4 it gets worse,,,ANC e dirang???

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