Extra teachers needed — parents

2017-05-05 06:00

IN January when officials from Department of Education and Greater Kokstad Municipality councillors visited Thibane Combined School in a farming area, kwaPakkies to check on why the school had performed so badly in the 2016 matric exams, a shortage of teachers was highlighted as being the problem, but this has still not been addressed.

Thibane was the worst performing school in Kokstad after one matric pupil passed and the 11 failed.
Before the Easter holidays, parents and community members picketed outside the school demanding extra teachers from the Department of Education.
Concerned parent, Nokwakha Maduna blamed government for dragging its feet in helping to get the school out of this difficulty.

The school has nine teachers and 380 pupils from Grade R to Grade 12.

“The Grade 5 teacher also teaches Grade 6 pupils and other teachers teaching more than two subjects which is not good. We built the school many years ago for our children to get an education and we won’t allow government to close the school.”

The principal refused to comment on anything related to the school.
Last year there were no geography teachers so parents and community members asked a retired teacher to teach geography at the school.
Chairperson of the school governing body, Lucky Jaca appealed to government to assist the school in order to achieve better results.

Department of Education circuit manager, Cedric Mseleku said government policy doesn’t allow the school to have more teachers.
“We are negotiating with parents to take Grade 12 pupils to other schools in Kokstad to get extra tuition.”

The school has 17 Grade 12 pupils this year.



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