KZN Education condemns school arson

The KwaZulu-Natal Education Department says pupils who burnt down three classrooms at a school at Mariannhil near Pinetown will be dealt with.

Officials say investigations are underway to bring those responsible to book.

Isizinda Secondary closed its doors today following protests yesterday that saw pupils setting bins alight before throwing them into classrooms.  They are apparently upset with the way the principal has been running the facility and the lack of teaching material.

A spokesperson for KZN Education, Sihle Mlotshwa, says they are meeting with school officials today to discuss the way forward.

He says the behaviour by some pupils is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated.

“Today there is a meeting taking place, hoping that tomorrow teaching and learning will continue as normal,” he said.

“We condemn this behaviour in the strongest possible terms, whenever there are concerns, proper procedures should be followed rather than burning the school and destroying the same institution that is supposed to be helping you. So, as soon as we get the findings of the investigation we are going to take the necessary action, because we want to put it to all people concerned that we can’t tolerate this sort of behaviour.”

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