Mpumalanga school pupils protest over food shortages

Mpumalanga – Pupils at Makause combined school in Mpumalanga are protesting over food shortages.

The food is supplied by the National School Nutrition Programme.

The school’s Grade 12s led a march demanding the removal of the school’s principal. They also accuse him of inaction after a pupil was beaten by security guards.

According to eyewitness accounts, Grade 12s were aggrieved over the absence of a feeding scheme.

Following the incident, school authorities called for an urgent parents’ meeting. Several narratives have since emerged.

Some claimed that a learner was beaten by a security guard, and no action was taken.

The pupils say they want the principal gone, accusing him of ill-treating pupils and teachers.

The Department said it will do everything possible to ensure that food shortages are addressed as a matter of urgency.

It also said it will further investigate issues that are posing as a challenge between the Principal and learners.

Until then, the department is urging pupils to return to school from Wednesday and to ensure that teaching and learning are not further compromised.

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