Staff fights head

2016-03-10 06:00
 Fed up teachers from New Eisleben High School demonstrated against the principal.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Fed up teachers from New Eisleben High School demonstrated against the principal. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Teachers at the New Eisleben High School say they have had it up to here with their principal, insomuch they have vowed to picket the gates every lunch hour, so as to bring the headmaster to his senses.

Allegations of financial mismanagement and lack of planning from the staff are rife at the school.

The teachers even blame their head for the dismal academic results.

They assert that the lack of teaching materials has an adverse outcome on the academic results.

The school’s matric pass rate last year hovered around 40%.

Headmaster Patriot Mazimela is at the centre of the allegations by his colleagues. He has steadfastly refused to comment on the merits of the accusations against him.

The teachers say he does not have the interests of the learners at heart.

“Even though resources are made available by the department of education, they never reach our school,’ said one of the teachers.

Sinethemba Ngesi said as a result of this, the school performs below par, and the principal does not seem concerned.

“The poor results do not seem to bother him, and there is no plan to address this problem.”

Ngesi said the problems have their nucleus from as far back as 2012 when they tried to bring their grievances to the attention of the department of education.

“There was progress, but nothing fruitful stemmed from the talks.”

He added that lack of financial accountability was also part of their grievences.

“We need resources so that we can improve the results but nothing is coming forward and because of that we have decided that we must demonstrate against him.

We will do this every day until he or the department addresses these matters,” he said.

City Vision reporters have on numerous occassions arranged an interview with Mazimela, to know avail.

Ses’Khona Peoples Rights Movement has also been brought into the argument.

Leader Loyiso Nkohla said they had received information that there was a serious distraction by teachers at the school.

“The teachers do not want the principal because he refuses to allow them to use cellphones in class and other disruptive behaviour. We are looking into the matter and there will be a meeting with all parties involved parties in order to find a solution,” said Nkohla.

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