HER dream was to become a model, but Khanyile Mnguni (17) was scarred during an experiment in September.
The grade 11 pupil from Thuto Lefa Secondary in Munsieville, Krugersdorp, regrets setting foot in the laboratory.
She said they mixed potassium permanganate, oil and water as their teacher had instructed and it exploded.
Pupils now make fun of her, and that kills her confidence.
She spent two months in hospital and the experience left her traumatised.
“I’ll never become a model. Who’ll notice me with marks on my face?”
She wishes to have her skin repaired by a specialist but doesn’t have money. Her family said the education department acted as if nothing had happened.
“The principal said there wasn’t much they could do because the school doesn’t have funds,” said Khanyile’s aunt Johanna Mokone, her legal guardian.
“We’re not happy about the way the situation was handled. Pupils weren’t wearing protective clothing.”
Johanna said they are still waiting for a response after they took the report to the district education office in Mogale City.
Gauteng education spokesman Steve Mabona was not aware of the case but said he’ll get information from the district office.