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Matriculants in Harrismith have said that they are weeks behind in their schoolwork as a result of protests. This is bad news as this year's Matriculants are still feeling the brunt of last year's gaps in the school curriculum.

Classes have been suspended at Witbank Technical High School in Mpumalanga for a week after clashes between parents over racism allegations broke out. 


More and more reports of school protests are now coming to light. From racism to security, protests seem to be on the rise.

Learners at a high school for deaf pupils in the North West are protesting due to a lack of textbooks. These learners are said to have not had textbooks since the beginning of the school year.

Parents picket outside the Department of Education’s district office in Gqeberha to demand that a school get a fence, toilets and more staff, among other things. The parents said, “We are here to give the District Director seven days to respond to our memorandum of demands or he will see the wrath of the parents”.

By Mkhuseli Sizani

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will challenge Western Cape Education Department's (WCED) statements that no race exclusions took place at the Brackenfell High event saga. The EFF insists that the Minister was dismissing the allegations of racism from the beginning.

Debbie Schäfer, the Minister of Education Western Cape, has confirmed that the alleged whites-only Brackenfell High event was a private function organised by parents and that no exclusions based on race were made.

Current and former Brackenfell students have now also spoken out on racism experienced at the school and Brackenfell continues to be slashed following an alleged 'whites-only' event. The school is now taking their response to the protests another step forward.

The drama filled situation at Brackenfell High School has died down but continues in the background. The debacle has even managed to garner a hashtag of it's own on social media. Now, even the Premier is stepping in as the parties involved are being urged to hash out the issue through dialogue instead of fists.

Fists flying, police firing stun grenades and angry confrontations were the order of the day outside the Brackenfell High School this morning.  Protests that started on Friday continued today and looked like they could escalate further as tension and anger grew on both sides.