Marauding KZN pupils strike over lack of power
by MITCHELL MAJOLA
TUGELA FERRY – THOUSANDS of school children in northern KwaZulu-Natal have embarked on a three-day unsanctioned strike demanding the installation of electricity in the rural areas.
The learners threatened to down their books for a week if the government did not cede to their demands.
Police have over the past two days fired teargas to disperse the striking students in Pomeroy, Msinga Top, Tugela Ferry, Mzweni, Qcwaka and Mzinyathi.
The marauding pupils have shunned lessons this week arguing lack of electricity was impacting on their academic performance.
“We want electricity at our backyard! There is nowhere we can find firewood, so it is the duty of the government to provide alternative energy for us because we need to study and pass our subjects.
“How can we pass when we don’t have electricity?” asked one student, who only identified herself as Ayanda.
Silindile Mkhize of Mzinyathi, said she was not going to school until their grievances were addressed.
“Our future here in villages is bleak, but in order to change our future for better, we are only asking for electricity,” Silindile said.
However, teachers and ward councillors, accused parents of influencing the children to protest for electricity, something they argue had nothing to do with the children studies.
“Surely, if one looks at this matter in which the children are protesting against, it has nothing to do with education except that the parents are the ones disgruntled over non-availability of electricity in their rural areas,” she said.
A principal who refused to be named alleged parents were using the students as fronts.
“Parents should fight their own battles instead of using children for their own wars,” said the school, head.
– CAJ News
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