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    KWAZAKHELE TOWNSHIP, PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA

    South African police guarded Kwazakhele High School in Kwazakhele black township on October 29 as some pupils took exams despite a classroom boycott.

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    RUBYTHON: (SOUND):
    1. LV, SV & CU Police guards outside Kwazakhele High School (4 shots) 0.15
    SABC: (MUTE):
    2. LV, SV & CUs Teacher supervising pupils during school examinations (6 shots) 0.51
    RUBYTHON: (SOUND):
    3. SV & LV PAN EXTERIOR Armed policeman talking with teachers as children leave school (2 shots) 1.08
    4. CUs & SVs Children leaving school, some covering their faces from the camera (4 shots) 1.25
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    Background: KWAZAKHELE TOWNSHIP, PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA

    South African police guarded Kwazakhele High School in Kwazakhele black township on October 29 as some pupils took exams despite a classroom boycott. Many thousands of blacks across the country have boycotted school for the last two months to back demands including more student representation, and a ban on corporal punishment. Violence had been feared as boycotters had threatened action against those who sat their matriculation exams. No trouble was reported at exam centres in Soweto, but police cordoned off the Port Elizabeth townships of Kwazakhele, Zwide and New Brighton in the late afternoon after a number of cars were burnt and stoned. Figures were not available on the number who boycotted exams. Schools unrest has been a sensitive issue in South Africa since 1976 when discontent in black schools triggered riots in Soweto which then spread across the country leaving over 500 dead. Current dissatisfaction centres on specific demands for more representation and the lifting of a ban which prohibits pupils over a certain age to return to school to retake exams. There is also discontent over the general level of education for blacks. Ministers told Parliament earlier this year that eight times more money was spent on each pupil in white schools than on each student in black schools.

    Source: JOHN RUBYTHON/SABC

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4R1LH04FZD2V2LGGKIXGVCV1G
    Media URN:
    VLVA4R1LH04FZD2V2LGGKIXGVCV1G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/10/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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