MPUMALANGA - Pupils at Makause combined school in Mpumalanga are protesting over food shortages.
The food is supplied by the National School Nutrition Programme.
The school's Grade 12s led a march demanding the removal of the school's principal.
They also accuse him of inaction after a pupil was beaten by security guards.
According to eyewitness accounts, Grade 12s were aggrieved over the absence of a feeding scheme.
Following the incident, school authorities called for an urgent parents' meeting.
Several narratives have since emerged.
Some claimed that a learner was beaten by a security guard, and no action was taken.
The pupils say they want the principal gone, accusing him of ill-treating pupils and teachers.
The Department says it will do everything possible to ensure that food shortages are addressed as a matter of urgency.
The Department also says it will further investigate issues that are posing as a challenge between the Principal and learners.
Until then, it's urging pupils to return to school from Wednesday and to ensure that teaching and learning are not further compromised.