Uniform trouble for learner

2016-02-11 06:00
An aunt was left foaming after her niece was expelled for wearing school treiksuits instead of school dress, at Siyazakha Junior Secondary School, in Philippi, last week. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

An aunt was left foaming after her niece was expelled for wearing school treiksuits instead of school dress, at Siyazakha Junior Secondary School, in Philippi, last week. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Kholiwe Mayo, 47, was left fuming after her niece was expelled for not wearing a tracksuit, instead of a uniform at Siyazakha Junior Secondary School, in Philippi, last week.

Aluta Mayo,13, was turned away twice from school last week.

Mayo said she was shocked to see Aluta coming to her house crying, reporting that she had been eject from school.

She then took her back to school to inquire about the reasons which lead to her being expelled.

According to her, Nomsa Shosha, the school principal, had told her that learners are allowed to wear tracksuits only in winter.

“I wanted to buy the school dress, but they told me that the school had ran out of stock for the uniform.

I then came to an agreement with the principal that Aluta be allowed to attend school until we buy the uniform.

I was so surprised to see her coming back home crying on Wednesday saying she was told by the principal to go back home again regardless of our agreement.”

Mayo said the tracksuit that Aluta was wearing belomged to the school and was angry that they had treated her niece like the leper. “They treated her like she was not wearing a uniform at all.”.

To rub salt in the wound, the principal took it out on her niece.

“Even as I had discussed the matter with the principal, she called the child names, according to Aluta, Shosha confronted her and blurted: “ungumphixanisi wexoki”.

“How can she swear at the child like that? I am very angry, because I do not understand how she can claim that she(Aluta) lied. She does not have right to speak to me as a parent the way that she spoke to me. I am taking this matter forward. It is not safe for children to wander on the streets during school hours and they did not take that into consideration,” she added.

The learner’s old school dress is worn out and can no longer fit her, because she is a plus size child.

Shosha admitted to using strong language when speaking to the child.

“It was said in jest though, and I did not really mean it. I sent a number of learners who were not wearing proper school uniform home to call their parents to come and explain when they were going to buy them uniform.

I deal with a lot of learners so I forgot that I had already made an arrangement with the child in question which is why I sent her back home again.

I cannot expel a child for not having a school uniform. There was communication breakdown between me and the parent which led to all this,” Shosha said.

Aluta stays with her mother in Lower Crossroads, who was at work during the time of the incident.

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