'What will happen to my studies'

THE pupil, who lost an eye after being brutally assaulted by a teacher during exams, has pleaded with the Education Department to do something about his future.

The 16-year-old Grade 11 boy from Mavhungu Andries High school in Tshakhuma, outside Thohoyandou, could not write exams this year because he was receiving treatment at the Elim Hospital.

The boy, Owen Nefuri, pictured , said yesterday: "I don't know whether I will proceed to the next level or repeat the same grade ."

He said since the incident he had been waiting for the department to tell him what would become of his studies come January next year.

He said his dream was to become a lawyer or a doctor but he was worried this could end up as a pipe dream if he did not proceed with his studies next year.

His words were echoed by his father, Simon, who said he was also still in the dark about his son's future come January next year.

Nefuri lost his eye after a teacher, Conrad Tshimange, 48, hurled a stick at him, striking in the eye, while trying to punish another pupil in class.

Departmental spokesperson Ndo Mangala said yesterday that in cases such as that of Nefuri the department invoked the examination rules to give guidance on what was to be done.