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South African schools, both pub­lic and pri­vate, are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a lot of chal­lenges. We still have many schools with­out proper equip­ment, with poorly main­tained grounds and build­ings, and many which are short of teach­ers – es­pe­cially for sub­jects such as maths and science.

We still have pupils who have to walk sev­eral kilo­me­tres bare­foot to get to school.

With all these prob­lems to deal with Pre­to­ria West High School pupils chose to stay away from classes be­cause they want to wear tight pants. Un­be­liev­able!

What kind of a coun­try are we turn­ing into if our kids are will­ing to boy­cott classes be­cause of what they want to wear?

Pupils from poor com­mu­ni­ties can only dream of go­ing to schools like Pre­to­ria West High School – is this how they say thank you for the priv­i­leges they have?

We are im­port­ing a lot of skills from other coun­tries and we can­not af­ford to waste ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties in this man­ner.

Ed­u­ca­tion is the key to a brighter fu­ture and we can­not trade a brighter fu­ture for tight pants! MELATO MPHAHLELE, ZEBEDIELA This ab­surd out­cry at a Pre­to­ria West High School should raise an alarm to par­ents that our kids are for­get­ting they are at school to learn.

Our kids some­times see them­selves as grown-ups who can do what­ever they want and this re­ally is dis­turb­ing.

Kids, the time to show off your curves will come when you have a job and can buy your own cloth­ing. MATLOU MOKWELE, LEPHALALE

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