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School children clash with police in CT

Around 300 pupils from Philippi High School staged a sit-in to demand new school building.

FILE: Several pupils were injured when police pitched stun grenades to disperse the learners. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A group of schoolchildren clashed with police in the Cape Town CBD during a protest on Friday afternoon.

Around 300 pupils from Philippi High School, some in school uniform, staged a sit-in at the entrance of the Western Cape Education Department offices.

They were demanding the department build a school for them because they were currently sharing a building with a primary school.

Provincial Education Spokesperson Paddy Attwell said an official met with the pupils to discuss their grievances.

"The learners remained at the entrance to the head office after the discussion and according to our information the police asked the learners to leave several times. The crowd became increasingly rowdy and police fired stun grenades to disperse them."

Education advocacy group Equal Education has slammed the way police handled the situation, given the fact that they were a group of school children.

Several pupils were injured when police pitched stun grenades to disperse the learners.

Equal Education said the pupils had written several letters to the department, without reply, before they decided to march to the department.

Spokesperson Ntuthuzo Ndzomo said several pupils were injured including one who had a stun grenade explode on her knee.

"What we saw today is something which is ridiculous and horrific. We should actually be ashamed about it."

Ndzomo added that they would meet some of the pupils later on Friday evening to discuss their grievances.