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Dept condemns disruptions at PTA school as pupils demand to wear skinny pants

Officials from the department visited the school earlier on Monday to meet with management and pupils following the disruptions on Friday.

FILE: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the pupils did not follow the correct procedures by lodging a formal complaint with the school governing body. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Education Department has condemned the boycotting of classes by pupils at Hoerskool Pretoria West who are demanding the right to wear skinny pants at school.

Officials from the department visited the school earlier on Monday to meet with management and pupils following the disruptions on Friday.

MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the pupils did not follow the correct procedures by lodging a formal complaint with the school governing body.

It's understood the SGB has now agreed to convene a parents’ meeting at the end of this week where the motion will be tabled.

Lesufi says the school code of conduct remains in place.

“I don’t think it’s something we should tolerate or even entertain. The school is on top of the situation and I’m convinced it’s all under control.”

LISTEN: For fashion's sake: Pretoria learners protest for skinny pants

Lesufi says his department will not entertain or tolerate unruly behaviour at schools.

It's understood two ring leaders of the skinny pants protest at the school were suspended for seven days and were back at school last week which sparked the boycotting of classes.

Lesufi says measures have now been put in place to ensure there are no more disruptions to learning.

He says he's worried that if they allow this particular dress code at the school it may send a wrong precedent to other pupils.

“I don’t think we should tolerate it or allow it. But definitely, we should give learners their democratic opportunity to present their side of their story without suppressing them.”

The MEC is due to convene a summit next month with all schools in the province aimed at coming up with ways to tackle issues in the education sector.