Education MEC tells parents to butt out

2010-07-05 00:00

EDUCATION MEC Senzo Mchunu has lashed out at parents who take out their frustrations with the department at the expense of learning time for pupils.

Mchunu was addressing parents in Kokstad at Carl Malcomess High School on Saturday about the dismissal of the school principal, Mbulelo Mankae.

Mankae was fired by the department following allegations that he illegally promoted grade 11 pupils to grade 12 although they had failed.

His expulsion angered the community of Kokstad and resulted in a massive protest recently which included pupils of different Kokstad schools.

“Parents should stop disrupting teaching and learning when having issues with the department” said Mchunu. He said the child’s rights to have better education should be protected.

Head of department Dr Cassius Lubisi gave an explanation of Mankae’s expulsion. He revealed that Mankae pleaded guilty to charges levelled against him.

Despite the explanation, parents and members of the school governing body (SGB) were still not convinced that rightful procedures were followed to axe Mankae.

SGB chairperson Neph Juqu said they will tirelessly support Mankae as he makes his way back to his position as a principal. “Why haven’t we — as SGB members — been informed about the processes of investigation if rightful procedures were followed?” Juqu asked.

They believe that there are education officials in Kokstad who are trying to oust certain officials, claiming that they are friends of the MEC.

Mchunu denied allegations of friendship with certain Kokstad officials.

He also criticised the circulation of pamphlets at the school threatening that there will be no teaching and learning on July 13 of this month if the matter is not resolved.

Mchunu also urged local politicians and councillors not to politicise the matter at the expense of learners. — Fever Publications.

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