The KwaZulu-Natal students are angry at the poor administration of the school but the fact that they are demanding smoke breaks has derailed the protest.
In a quite bizarre story coming out of Umzinto in KwaZulu-Natal, classes at Roseville Secondary School have been suspended due to protesting students who are demanding, among other things, to be allowed a smoke break.
Protesting students include smoke breaks in their demands
The primary reason for the student protest is grievances with the school administration.
The Mail claims to have an annonymous source who told them learners were upset by rumours the principal was about to be replaced by a “non-African”.
The studends have also demanded that more Zulu-speaking teachers be hired by the school.
However, the move to include a daily smoke break between 08:00 and 09:00 in their demands means they are unlikely to find many sympathic ears to listen to their plight.
“We are not going to be held at ransom by kids. They are supposed to be in class learning, and we will not negotiate with them,” KwaZulu-Natal provincial education spokesperson Kwazi Mthethwa said, according to Times Live.
“They cannot tell us how to run a department. We are not going to allow this kind of behaviour to flourish at schools. We do not promote such behaviour from our learners and we stand firm against anyone who does this.”