Pupils at a high school in Umzinto, on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, are demanding a daily “smoke break” – but provincial education authorities are having none of it.

Roseville Secondary School pupils demanded a smoke break between 8am and 9am in the school grounds and raised other grievances with the institution’s administration, refusing to attend classes they even went as far to protest.

The school was closed last week after the protests. As a result, pupils missed two exam papers. on Sunday parents were called to the school

 “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.”

pupils made two videos citing their demands. One of the clips purportedly showed a pupil walking through the teachers’ staff room, smoking.

Vee Gani, of the KZN Parents’ Association,said. “Smoking under the age of 18 is illegal. This is a criminal offence. Pupils seem to have a sense of entitlement and believe they have the right to make these types of demands. This needs to stop. Education in our country is struggling. Pupils need to respect teaching and learning at school.”

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