On Tuesday, a group of Grade 12 students at Sefogole Sepeke Secondary School in Tshehlwaneng village, Limpopo, allegedly set fire to and vandalised the school in protest of a new agricultural sciences teacher.
Limpopo Department of Education spokesperson Mike Maringa confirmed the incident to SurgeZirc SA, stating that they were aware of the incident that occurred at the school.
According to Maringa, the Grade 12 students set fire to one of the offices in order to demand a new teacher for the subject. They smashed windows, broke doors, misplaced papers, and destroyed office lockers.
He stated that no injuries to pupils, teachers, or school staff had been reported.
The matter had been reported to the police, and investigations were underway, according to the spokesperson.
He also mentioned that the chaos at school had subsided and that students were back in class for their lessons.
At Gonyane Primary School in Mangaung, R300 000 worth of brand-new learning and teaching support materials (LTSM) were destroyed in January when a petrol bomb was thrown into the building.
The incident was condemned by Free State Education spokesperson Howard Ndaba.
“Attacks on children’s school facilities are unacceptable and can be a grave violation of children’s rights to education.
“The school is a full section 21 status. A used petrol bomb was found next to the burnt stationery,” he said.
During the months of December and January, 48 incidents of burglary and vandalism were reported in the Western Cape, affecting 42 schools.
School vandalism has been reported to be a problem in many provinces, making learning difficult due to a lack of furniture and burned infrastructure.