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Glen Vista High School fire: ‘We’re not paying for that,’ says Lesufi

Pupils at Glen Vista High School set fire to a part of the hall on Monday because they didn’t want to write an exam that had been scheduled

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Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi / GCIS

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says his department will not be paying towards fixing parts of Glen Vista High School following a fire recently.

Pupils from the school – south of Johannesburg, set part of the hall alight on Monday, 16 August 2021, because they did not want to write exam which had been scheduled for that afternoon.

“We are devastated to discover that learners could go as far as committing an act of arson, destroying school infrastructure in the process, just to escape an important assessment. As such, we will not fix the damages caused by this fire. The school must see to finish”

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi

Pictures and videos of that blaze did the rounds on social media on Tuesday, the same day Lesufi visited the school ton assess the extent of damage and find out the circumstances surrounding the fire.

Investigation into Glen Vista High School underway

The Gauteng Education Department has condemned the Glen Vista High School learners’ behaviour. For now, it is not yet clear who some of the culprits are.

“We wish to condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the burning of the Glenvista High school hall allegedly by learners who did not want to write an assessment which was scheduled to be written in the hall that afternoon. Investigations into the matter by the SGB are ongoing,” spokesperson Steve Mabona said.

The fire was extinguished just before causing major damage – according to the department, the curtains, projector screen, electrical wiring and PA system in the school hall were damaged by the blaze.

Well, despite the students’ efforts to prevent writing their exams, they were forced to take them out outside in the sun.

The department’s spokesperson Steve Mabona says as a principle, they do not fix schools that have been damaged by learners and community members. Mabona says the responsibility of fixing the school now lies with them (Glen Vista High School)