Teachers removed after Vulindela pupils’ protest

2010-07-22 00:00

THE two teachers who have been the subject of a protest by pupils at Mlungisi Secondary School in Vulindlela have been removed from the school pending investigations.

The circuit manager announced the news at the school yesterday during assembly.

The Witness understands that the circuit manager had to be brought in since the ward manager (previously referred to as a school inspector) is seen to be close friends with one of the implicated teachers.

After the announcement, the pupils, who protested on Tuesday, went back to classes.

Yesterday, The Witness quoted pupils saying they were unhappy about the teaching style of the maths literacy teacher for grades 10 to 12. They said she simply reads from the textbook without explaining concepts.

The pupils also voiced their displeasure with the deputy principal, who has been the school’s acting principal for the past year.

According to the pupils, since the deputy principal took over, the quality of teaching and learning at the school has declined. They accused her of not accounting for the teachers’ activities and of failing to take an interest in what happens at the school.

They also claimed that she passed the responsibility of teaching certain grade 12 classes to other teachers who are employed to teach lower grades.

The pupils further claimed that their grievances are not being addressed because of the close ties between the ward manager and the deputy principal.

A close source has echoed the allegations. The Witness understands that ever since the deputy principal took over, many pupils have left the school, allegedly because of poor management.

The Witness also understands that questions are being raised about how the deputy principal was employed.

Muntu Lukhozi, spokesperson for the KZN Education MEC, confirmed the decision to remove the teachers temporarily from the school while investigations are going on.

Lukhozi said she expects a report from the district office soon, and will then be able to comment further.

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