A POWER struggle between teachers and the senior management team at Kwanobuhle's largest high school, Molly Blackburn Senior Secondary High School, has resulted in more than 1600 non-matric pupils going without lessons for more than a week.
Despite a seven-hour meeting held on Friday between several major stakeholders within the school to address 23 issues raised by teachers and pupils, more than 100 angry pupils stormed the staff room and principal's office yesterday demanding answers as to why no classes had taken place this week.
"We respect the process and the teachers and what they are fighting for, but we [Molly Blackburn pupils] can't be the victims of this power struggle any more. We are supposed to be preparing for exams but instead they are playing with the future of these pupils," Congress of South African Students regional chairman Siyabulela Sineli said.
"If these issues are not resolved quickly and comprehensively, we will mobilise pupils. If these children can't be taught, no student in KwaNobuhle will attend classes."
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