No subject teachers for 3 years!

2017-02-02 06:02
Pupils of Sizimisele Technical High School protest in demanding of teachers for subjects like Technical Science and Life Orientation in Makhaya in Khayelitsha on Friday. Photo by Lindile Mbontsi PHOTO: Mbongiseni mASEKO

Pupils of Sizimisele Technical High School protest in demanding of teachers for subjects like Technical Science and Life Orientation in Makhaya in Khayelitsha on Friday. Photo by Lindile Mbontsi PHOTO: Mbongiseni mASEKO

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Teaching and learning was once again disrupted on Friday at Sizimisele Technical High School after angry learners protested over the shortage of teachers for certain subjects.

The school, in Khayelitsha, has been the site of protests over the same issues in the past. Learners seem to be taking their anger out on the principal, writing profanities on the school facade.

They were complaining about the absence of teachers in the subjects of mechanical engineering, technology, graphics and drawings. Bulelani Webhana, a Grade 12 learner said the issue of shortage of teachers for the subjects is badly affecting learners and that it should be resolved soon.

“It has been four years now since the school had(the) problem of shortage of teachers, but still it has not been resolved. How can learners, more especially(those in) Grade 12, be expected to pass when they do not have teachers? This is bad for the school. Last year the pass rate for matric was 34 percent,” Webhana said.

At least seven police cars and two Law Enforcement cars rushed to the school to maintain order.

The school was converted from an ordinary public school to technical school.

The process started in 2009 when the school introduced Engineering and Graphic Design, Civil Technology in 2010, Electrical Technology in 2010 and Mechanical Technology in 2013.

Jessica Shelver, media liaison officer at Western Cape Education Department (WCED) said learners also took the protest to her office and that the issue is being resolved.

“I can confirm that learners from Sizimisele HS protested at the WCED Head office last week as they are requesting teaching posts. The school currently has five excess educators that do not fit the profile of subjects. Two posts have been approved and the principal is in the process of filling these posts,” Shelver said.

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