‘Principal selling fake school reports’

2011-09-23 00:00

THE principal of Fezokuhle Primary School in Imbali 18, Knowledge Bhekani Nkwanyana, is alleged to have been selling school-leavers’ reports for years to parents of pupils who did not attend his school so that they can further their studies at other schools.

The allegations against the school principal have been investigated by the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department.

However, Nkwanyana vehemently denies the allegations, saying the claims are attempts aimed at tarnishing the school’s reputation and destroying his name.

Education Department spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa told The Witness yesterday that charges have been drafted, but the contents cannot be divulged.

“The disciplinary hearing will take place on October 11,” said Mlotshwa.

The Witness is in possession of two school-leavers’ reports bearing the school’s stamps. It is alleged that Nkwanyana wrote the report and sold it to a parent of Sobantu, whose children did not study at Fezokuhle.

The parent owes the school about R17 000 for both learners and did not settle outstanding fees before they enrolled at another school.

The Witness has learnt that the two pupils studied at Pietermaritz Primary/Berg Pre-Primary in 2009 and left without their outstanding fees being settled.

However, the reports state that they attended Fezokuhle that year. Nkwanyana said yesterday that the two pupils never attended his school.

A source who asked not to be named said the Fezokuhle principal sells the reports for thousands of rands.

The source said the pupils now attend Newholmes Primary in Northdale, but the school declined to comment on the matter.

The source said Nkwanyana has been selling the fake reports for as far back as 2005.

“I don’t touch reports. The signing and the designing of the reports are done by the school’s head of departments and deputy principal,” said Nkwanyana.

He said he suspects that the fake reports are the work of a teacher who has been on suspension since 2009. “Our school is a good school and I think this teacher is attempting to tarnish the school’s name and my name.”

thandom@witness.co.za

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