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This was announced by the Gauteng education department and Lead SA today.
“It’s time for things to change,” Gauteng education MEC Barbara Creecy said.
About 700 pupils and several teachers arrived late for classes at the Lavela Secondary School today, when Creecy made a surprise visit. They arrived between 30 minutes and an hour after the 7.50am bell rang.
“From tomorrow [Tuesday], anyone arriving late will be taken to the Jabulani police station.... We will then call your parents to come and collect you,” Creecy said.
“We have been watching you for a week. Whether the sun shines or whether it rains, you are late. You arrive here long after the bell has rung,” she said.
According to the statement, some teachers said they were late because of long travelling distances and traffic. Pupils said they had woken up late.
Creecy and Lead SA said they would return to the school to conduct spot checks.