POLOKWANE – Pupils of the Boredi Primary School in Polokwane stormed the teachers’ lounge and principal’s office and demanded to be allowed to attend school without wearing the proper school uniform. Riot police were called in to get the students back in line.
Students arrived in the morning to start another school day wearing regular clothing and not the official red jerseys. They were refused entry to the school, prompting them to barge through the school gate and invade the office building. Terrified teachers narrowly escaped as the children screamed into the teachers’ lounge where they were busy having a staff meeting to discuss the school budget.
A few kids took crayons from the grade 2 classroom and started writing slogans on the school hall walls, like “Say no to garbs,” “Out with these outfits” and “We will wear what we want when we want.”
Some of the boys blocked the entrance to the schoolyard with burning tyres while chanting “We are tired of this attire! It must be retired!”
Several of the children were reportedly charged up on a sugar high from stuffing themselves on Mrs Sikelikeke’s birthday cake, and started throwing each other with rooibos tea. “This has not been my happiest birthday,” sobbed the usually stern teacher.
Law enforcement arrived on the scene and attempted to forcefully remove the children from the building. The learners started shooting spit balls at the police using pee shooters, after which the police retaliated with rubber bullets.
Finally, the police threw teargas into the building, and many of the children came running out crying for their mommies.
The students maintain that they are being discriminated against on the basis of their school colours. “School is not about the clothes you wear. It is about learning,” insisted Ifedile Mokgotsi, ringleader of the mob.
“We can learn as much while wearing denim jackets as we can while wearing woollen jerseys,” remarked Beauty Skhothane, captain of the netball team. “You can learn a book wearing any cover.”
“Nowhere in the constitution does it say we have the right to an education, but only if we wear the right garments,” stated Pita Paka, a high scoring science student.
“School is about learning so we can form ideologies. It’s not a military parade,” shouted Klagobetsa Wemba, the school bully.
Grade 5 pupil Wabona Malatsi is adamant that they are helping to solve the country’s problems. “This is job creation, he said. “They should hire my unemployed uncle to come and paint over our crayon drawings.”
Lerato Lekai, a grade 6 learner, said that she doesn’t really mind the red jerseys, but felt compelled to join the protest anyway. “This is what happens when people wear the same uniform,” she sighed. “Birds of a feather flock together.”
Principal Tula Morena was appalled by his students’ actions. “This is what we call a serious wardrobe malfunction,” he scowled. “Rules are rules. If you don’t like it, we can discuss it, but you can’t throw your toys out of your cot every time you don’t get your way.”
Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, applauded the children’s protest. “They must join the EFF,” he said. “We’ll put them all in parliament. We need more children in there.” BN
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