Pupil (21) victim of staff spat

2011-11-02 00:00

A PERSONAL vendetta between the principal of Mlungisi High School and educator Nolindo Mncwabe has resulted in Mncwabe’s stepdaughter and matric pupil not writing her matric exam.

Mbali Mncwabe (21) was meant to write her maths and physical science supplementary exams at the school, but discovered that she was not registered for the exams with the Education Department.

Her parents insist they handed in their daughter’s documents on time and claim that the school principal, Bongani Nxumalo, was the one who failed to submit the documents to the department.

They said the principal did this because he does not get along with maths and science educator Nolindo Mncwabe and apparently wants her to leave the school.

“In February and March this year I went to the school to register my child for the examinations. She had done her matric in 2009 at the school and failed maths and science and had to do supplementary exams for those subjects. She could not do them last year because she had a baby and was able to study further in a finishing school this year and finish her exams.”

“Last month I found out that my child was not registered and questioned him about it. He said the department informed him that my daughter is not on the list … I found out from the department that my daughter was not on the list because they did not receive her documents.

“The principal informed the department that he could not register my child because we handed in the documents late, but that is not true.

“The principal resents my good efforts at the school and wants to destroy my daughter’s future,” said Nolindo.

Nolindo arrived at the school for work as usual yesterday, but was refused entry by members of the school governing body.

When she returned to the school accompanied by the media she was allowed in, but the principal refused to talk to her and the media.

Not willing to let the matter rest, the parents have raised the issue with the Education Department’s examination unit, resulting in Mbali being able to write her Physical Science examination, but she will only be able to write the maths examination in February next year.

The traumatic experience has left Mbali despondent about spending another year at home, but she is unwilling to forsake her aim of becoming a nature conservationist.

“This scandal has left me feeling very discouraged because I had planned to study at DUT next year, but now I cannot. I want to become a nature conservationist and it will happen one day,” said Mbali sadly.

Her father, Bhekithemba Mncwabe, said that he does not trust anyone from the school as they may sabotage her exam. He is also not allowed into the school after he had an argument with the principal, who he said did not provide adequate answers as to why his daughter was not registered.

Education spokesperson Mbali Thusi said they are aware of Mbali’s plight and are doing all they can to assist her.

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