- School pupil and their parents decided to teach their headteacher and the institution's inspector a lesson after the school administration failed to fix their dilapidated and terribly smelly toilets
- The pupils had reportedly complained severally about the deplorable condition of the toilets, but the school administration did nothing about it, coupled with other unfulfilled promises
- The parents had reportedly been patient for a long time, but their patience ran out when they realised that those responsible for taking care of their kids were not serious. Here is what really happened
The pupils of Solomon Qatyana Primary School and their parents had had enough of smelly toilets interfering with their much needed concentration in class.
Earlier reports indicate that there had been numerous complains regarding the state of the school's structure, and especially the toilets.
Other issues that have also come up include overcrowded classrooms, lack of sports ground and pupil's playground.
Though the school administration have reportedly been receiving these complains, they have done nothing about them.
In some cases, the administration has made promises but failed keep them.The parents and their pupils concluded that they were not being taken seriously.
They reportedly grabbed the principal and the department inspector and locked them up in one of the terribly filthy toilets. This, according to those privy to the incident, was meant to teach the school administration a lesson.
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"I support this action by the pupils and their parents because they have been complaining for a very long time," says Semthembile Mfelane, area Councillor.
The school reportedly has over 1000 pupils and without proper infrastructure.
"There are a number of schools that came after this, but they have good structures. Therefore there is no excuse as to why Solomon Qatyana Primary School should not have proper structures in place," says Solomon Qatyana.
One of the parents who took part in the strike expressed concerns that her child, who is in Grade 6, was being exposed to health hazards posed by the dirty and smelly toilets. The toilets were allegedly being shared by the pupils and their teachers.
“We decided to lock them inside their because we felt they were not taking us seriously. They don’t have children at that school so they don’t care about our children’s health," one of the parents lamented.
The officers in uniform arrived at the scene of chaos shortly to calm the situation and also rescue those who had been locked up in the toilet. Was it a lesson well taught?
Watch disturbing video of a student attacking his teacher: