Pupils at Glenvista High write exams outside following arson attack

Johannesburg – Pupils at Glenvista High School in Johannesburg are furious that they now have to write their assessment exams outside following some of their peers allegedly torching the school hall.

It is believed that the arson was aimed at avoiding having to write the paper.

Learners were supposed to write their assessment on Monday afternoon but some attempted to sabotage the exams and allegedly set fire to the curtains, projector screen and electrical wiring in the school hall where Grade 12 pupils were supposed to sit.

The Gauteng Department of Education visited the premises on Tuesday to assess the situation.

The school governing body is currently doing an investigation.

MEC Panyaza Lesufi told the learners that government would not be fixing the damages and the responsibility was now with the school and parents.

A pupil at the school said she was stunned that her peers are capable of this criminality.

“It’s disappointing and scary to see kids our age capable of doing things such, as I would call it, pure nonsense. It is disappointing and it puts a very bad image on Glenvista,” said the learner.

Another learner said that she was worried about the implications that this would have on her final year.

“This situation has been a very devastating situation so for us learning and writing outside has had a very bad impact because there are so many distractions outside and it is exhausting, so you can imagine we have to write for hours outside,” she said


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