When Barbara Creecy, head of education for South Africa’s Gauteng province, paid a surprise visit to a high school, she discovered that the majority of students were showing up late. About 700 students - or 60 percent of Lavela Secondary School - were tardy that day, with most coming in 30 to 60 minutes after the start of classes, according to Agence France Press.
"It’s time for things to change. From tomorrow, anyone arriving late will be taken to the Jabulani police station," Creecy told students. "We will then call your parents to come and collect you."
Several teachers where also late that day, but Creecy did not specify whether they will face a similar punishment in the future.