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No uniform - no exams, for some pupils

By unknown | Nov 17, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Xolile Bhengu

Xolile Bhengu

Fifteen pupils at a school for children with learning disabilities were kicked out of school yesterday for not wearing the school uniform.

A concerned citizen alerted Sowetan about the stranded pupils. The source said it was not the first time he had seen children locked out of the school. He said pupils were sometimes turned away for being late.

When Sowetan visited Goudeveld Senior School in Langlaagte, Johannesburg, the pupils were loitering outside the school gates.

The pupils said they had been taken out of their classes at nine in the morning while they were writing their end-of-year exams.

"The security guard was beating us out of the school gates with a sjambok. They told us that we can rewrite on Monday. It's not fair," said one of the banished pupils.

"I did not wear my uniform today because I only have two shirts and they were both dirty," he said.

Other pupils had similar excuses for not wearing their uniform.

Sowetan journalists observed a security guard intimidating the children with a stick.

At the end of classes for the day many of the pupils leaving the school were wearing casual jerseys and jackets. But they had been allowed to finish their exams.

When asked about the incident the school principal said he was not aware of the lockout and referred Sowetan to the Gauteng Education Department's district office for comment.

Education Department spokesman Panyaza Lesufi said he would contact the district office and ask them to prioritise the matter.

"It is deeply disappointing and unfortunate, especially since the children were writing their exams," he said.


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