Cops shutdown late-comers protest



September 8, 2016
Cops shutdown late-comers protest

CONTROL: Cops nipped day two of the school protest in the bud CREDIT: Patrick Louw

Late-coming fine riot came to an abrupt end yesterday when police were called in and learners were dismissed.

Pupils from Joe Slovo High School in Khayelitsha shutdown the school yesterday after a second day of protests over a R2 fine for late-coming.

On Tuesday, learners started protesting because they were made to pay a fine for arriving late at school.

School principal Majiet Parker said it all started when 17 learners arrived almost two hours late and were locked out. Learners damaged not only school property but also stoned teachers’ cars and dumped food on the palie’s car.

They also burnt a classroom and allegedly threatened the caretaker who would not allow them in.

However, the protest yesterday was quickly shutdown by police and learners were dismissed.

Majiet said the fine was a penalty agreed upon by both learners and their parents.

MEC for Education in the Western Cape, Debbie Schafer, has condemned the violence, and the fact that matrics’ preliminary exams were disrupted, but said the school was wrong to fine learners.

“I strongly condemn the violent action by learners at Joe Slovo High School in Khayelitsha. This kind of behaviour is simply unacceptable.

“While we understand that sometimes there are circumstances beyond their control, serial late-coming is inexcusable.”

Schafer said it was not permitted for schools to fine learners and that the matter was being investigated.

“Schools can take disciplinary approaches when dealing with latecomers such as detention, compulsory after-school activities, or physical activities such as picking up litter.

“Learners cannot, however, be charged a monetary fine for being late,” she said.

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