‘Boozing’ pupils common at a farm school

PHOTO: suppliedThe destroyed alcohol at the tavern near Glen Edward High.
PHOTO: suppliedThe destroyed alcohol at the tavern near Glen Edward High.

THE farm school of Glen Edward High outside Kokstad had a problem with pupils who drink during school and a nearby tavern is accused of selling alcohol to them.

The principal, Nomaswazi Ndwalane, said the school told the tavern owner many times to either shut it down or stop selling alcohol to pupils, but he refused.

She said pupils’ drinking contributed to last year’s poor matric results, which dropped from 76% in 2016 to 45,9% last year.

“Teachers are worried that one day pupils will attack them.

“Last year matrics wrote the last English paper smelling of alcohol and some were visibly drunk,” said Ndwalane.

GKM councillors and stakeholders visited the school on Tuesday and when they were told about the boozing pupils, they went to the tavern and destroyed all the alcohol.

Two years ago the SGB and principal reported the situation to police and the tavern owner stopped selling alcohol to pupils for a while, but later continued.

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