Glenvista High pupils furious after arson attack leaves them doing exams outside

Pupils were supposed to write the paper on Monday afternoon but it appears that some tried to sabotage the exams and allegedly set fire to the curtains, projector screen and electrical wiring in the school hall where grade 12 pupils were supposed to sit.

Glenvista High School pupils write exams outside after the school hall was torched. Picture: @Lesufi/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Pupils at Glenvista High School in Johannesburg are furious that they now have to write assessment exams out in the open after their school hall was torched, allegedly by their peers.

It is believed that the arson was aimed at avoiding having to sit for the paper.

Pupils were supposed to write the paper on Monday afternoon but it appears that some tried to sabotage the exams and allegedly set fire to the curtains, projector screen and electrical wiring in the school hall where grade 12 pupils were supposed to sit.

The Gauteng Education Department visited the premises on Tuesday to assess the damage.

An investigation by the school governing body is now under way.

MEC Panyaza Lesufi told pupils there that government would not be fixing the damages and the responsibility was now with the school and parents.

One pupil said that she was stunned that her peers were alleged to be the perpetrators.

"It's disappointing and scary to see kids our age capable of doing things such, as I would call it, pure nonsense. It is disappointing and it puts a very bad image on Glenvista," she said.

Another pupil said that she was worried about the implications that this would have on her final year.

"This situation has been a very devastating situation so for us learning and writing outside has had a very bad impact because there are so many distractions outside and it is exhausting, so you can imagine we have to write for hours outside," the pupil said.

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