Georgetown results anger community

2012-01-06 00:00

GEORGETOWN High School, once a shining star in the Edendale community for producing brilliant academic results, has deteriorated to the point that only 39,7% of pupils passed in the class of 2011.

Out of 85 pupils who wrote their final exams, 35 passed and 50 failed.

This has infuriated the community and the school’s governing body (SGB).

Lucky Mhlongo, a parent at the school, said they are unhappy with the way the school is being run.

“The reputation of the school has deteriorated so much that things only get better when the community intervenes because most teachers at the school have no passion for teaching our children,” said Mhlongo.

He said the school has not had a principal for almost two years. He called on the Education Department to intervene because this is destroying the future of their children.

“The school never used to be like this, but now even the ablutions are in a terrible condition because there is no proper leadership,” he said.

He also complained about teachers who had not attended yesterday to give pupils their statements, until later in the day when the acting principal arrived.

SGB chairperson, Sifiso Mavundla, said: “The major problem in George­town High is the school’s management.” He said their commitment to changing the school into a centre of excellence is questionable and they have engaged the Education Department on several occasions, but there has not been a solution.

“We even brought in motivational speakers last year to mentor the children because we wanted to try and make a difference,” said Mavundla.

He said the school in the past had produced leaders of the likes of Dr Blade Nzimande, minister of higher education.

Pupils also blamed the situation on teachers, and said they did not even know that the year mark does not count when it comes to finals exams.

“We did not get our reports for three terms until September and our grievances as pupils go unheard because we do not have a principal that we could report to,” said a pupil, who wished not to be named, adding that they did not have teachers for more than four months in certain subjects.

Education Department spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa said, “We are aware of the situation at the school and we are going to prioritise it to change it before it gets out of hand.”

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