Pupils’ ‘faint­ing chal­lenge’ in city class­room draws flak

Pretoria News - - FRONT PAGE - RUDZANI MATSHILI rudzani.matshili@inl.co.za

THE Gaut­eng Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion has strongly con­demned pupils at Pre­to­ria’s Hoërskool Aka­sia who were cap­tured on cam­era tak­ing part in the #Idibal­aChal­lenge (faint­ing chal­lenge) while a teacher was in class.

In the video that has since gone vi­ral, the pupils wait for the teacher to sit down be­fore “faint­ing” to the hit song by Lim­popo mu­si­cian King Mon­ada.

The fu­ri­ous fe­male teacher is heard chal­leng­ing the pupils to take her to court. She also tells them she does want to see them in her class for the rest of the term. “You can go to wher­ever. I’ve had it up to here; you can go to court with me; I am so will­ing,” she said.

Some found the video funny; oth­ers slammed the pupils, say­ing they should rather fo­cus on their school work.

Depart­ment spokesper­son Steve Mabona said they were aware of the video and pupils had to be rep­ri­manded for ill-dis­ci­pline. “We are aware of this un­for­tu­nate chal­lenge in the said school. Pupils must be re­minded that schools are for ed­u­ca­tion. As such they must al­ways fo­cus on be­ing en­riched with knowl­edge for suc­cess­ful fu­ture en­deav­ours. Ill-dis­ci­pline will not as­sist them to achieve any ob­jec­tives in schools.”

The depart­ment strongly con­demned any acts of mis­con­duct, he said. “MEC Panyaza Le­sufi has iden­ti­fied dis­ci­pline as a pri­or­ity. Any trans­gres­sion of the school code of con­duct dic­tates that nec­es­sary steps be taken against pupils.”

This was a crit­i­cal time where schools were ad­min­is­ter­ing ex­ams and such bad be­hav­iour must be dis­cour­aged and will not be tol­er­ated, he said.

King Mon­ada’s lat­est hit Mal­wedhe, re­leased a few days ago, has been trend­ing, largely be­cause of the #Idibal­aChal­lenge. The song talks about a per­son who gets a dis­ease when his or her part­ner cheats – and then faints.

As part of the #Idibal­aChal­lenge, peo­ple take videos of them­selves sim­u­lat­ing a faint­ing spell. Par­tic­i­pants have even sim­u­lated faint­ing while driv­ing.

The Road Traf­fic Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion has warned of the dan­gers of tak­ing part in the chal­lenge while be­hind the wheel.

A SCREEN­GRAB of pupils at Hoërskool Aka­sia tak­ing part in the #Idibal­aChal­lenge (faint­ing chal­lenge) while a teacher was in class.

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