Books at school, but not in classrooms

2013-01-17 00:00

A KXN school principal was reprimanded by an MEC because textbooks that had arrived on time were still in storage on the first day of school.

Members of the provincial legislature visited Indala High School in Richmond as part of the Schools Functionality Monitoring Programme — a project aimed at monitoring if teaching and learning takes place on the first day of school.

By 10 am yesterday, a Grade 12 class at the school had only completed the class register and received stationery.

When Finance MEC Ina Cronjé unexpectedly dropped in on a class of matriculants and asked what the group had learnt so far one pupil answered that they were preparing to learn.

Indala High School, which Cronje described as “highly dysfunctional” achieved a matric pass rate of 43,8% in 2012.

Principal Mlungisi Maphumulo was rapped over the knuckles because textbooks, which had been received on time, were still in storage.

He was also warned about the storage room that was being used as a makeshift office for the heads of departments.

“It is not a little illegal. It is completely illegal. With all this clutter around, it is a fire hazard. If something happens to one of the teachers, the department will be in big trouble,” Cronje said.

Maphumulo highlighted the issue of late enrolment as a challenge.

While enrolment stood at 1 400 for 2013, it was estimated that only about 700 pupils were present during the visit.

Scores of parents and their children were turned away.

Sphelele Hlongwa wanted to enrol her daughter, Luyanda (14), for Grade 8. She said she had started as early as last year to secure a place for her child.

“The school is popular because it is the only one offering physical science,” she said.

Another parent said she had been camping outside the school since 7am.

“It’s now after 12 pm, we have not eaten and have not been attended to,” she said angrily.

“Our children went to local primaries here. This school is the closest to us. If we are turned away, where are we supposed to turn?” she said.

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