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Pupil stabbed in test protest

By Ilse Fredericks Time of article published Oct 29, 2015

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Cape Town - Grade 9 pupils who refused to write a test caused havoc at their school and two others on Wednesday. In the ensuing pandemonium, a Grade 10 pupil was stabbed.

Jessica Shelver, spokeswoman for Education MEC Debbie Schäfer, said it was reported that pupils from Iqhayiya High School in Khayelitsha had participated in a protest as they refused to write the provincial systemic tests. The tests are written by Grade 3, 6 and 9 pupils to assess their language and maths skills.

Shelver said the pupils went to Bulumko High School “to allegedly force” pupils to join them in their protest.

“The learners broke down the gate and stormed into the school while chanting that the tests would not be written. The learners reportedly disrupted classes at Bulumko and threatened teachers.”

She said that, according to reports to the department, the pupils then made their way to Masiyile High School “to ask for support”.

But the Masiyile pupils were against their protest and assisted police in “chasing away the learners who wanted to force them to join the illegal protest”.

A Bulumko High School pupil was stabbed in the arm during the chaos.

“The incident reportedly took place in between schools while the learners were chasing each other.”

Police spokeswoman Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said the incident occurred at about 10am in Mongezi Street, Khayelitsha.

“According to the reports, an 18-year-old male was stabbed in his arm and was transported to hospital for treatment.”

Shelver said there would be an investigation and disciplinary action would be taken.

At Iqhayiya there were no matric pupils as their candidates didn’t have to write Wednesday’s Afrikaans exam, while at Bulumko the protests didn’t affect the candidates that were writing.

Shelver said security at Iqhayiya would be increased on Thursday to ensure that matric candidates can write their exams.

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