Parents disrupt school

2017-09-13 06:02
A group of learners leaving the premises of the Tjhebelopele Primary School after the disruption by angry parents who are concerned about alleged disarray at the school. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

A group of learners leaving the premises of the Tjhebelopele Primary School after the disruption by angry parents who are concerned about alleged disarray at the school. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

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Tension is high at the Tjhebelopele Primary School in Bloemfontein after the disruption of classes by angry parents on Friday (08/09).

A group of parents invaded the school premises, causing major disruption at this school located in Phase 6, a new residential settlement which is part of the township of Bloemfontein.

The scene unfolded in the morning when teachers were about to start with their work.

The invasion caused the learners to return to their homes.

Express reliably learnt that the brawl by parents was directed at the principal, Simanga Ntlola, whom some parents accused of alleged maladmi-nistration.

Ntlola is the former principal of the Vulamasango Secondary School in Bloemfontein.

Apparently Friday’s incident has not been reported to the Free State Department of Education in the Mo-theo region.

One of the concerned parents, speaking on anonymous grounds for fear of intimidation, said the scene saw the police called in to monitor the situation in case the situation went out of control.

Allegations of disarray range from the principal’s failure to hold staff meetings with teachers to mismanagement of funds of the feeding scheme for less fortunate children.

A parent whose child benefits from the feeding scheme, said about 80% of the learners enrolled at the school, depended on the scheme.

Informed sources alleged there was a absenteeism among some teachers, who would not teach, blaming it on the principal’s inability to effectively manage the school.

“The very worrying issue is that the unwillingness by some teachers to do their work deceive and disadvantage the learners. Certainly the future of these children is doomed as opposed to these lazy teachers whose children attend well-managed schools in town.

“Until the Department of Education intervenes and addresses the situation, I see no improvement at this school,” a parent said.

Express reliably learnt that the school governing body (SGB) held an urgent meeting on Monday (11/09) as the first attempt to address the tension-filled situation. This apparently also followed the expulsion of one of the female volunteers working in the vegetable garden and cleaning the school premises.

A source said another meeting with SGB members was scheduled for yesterday (12/09).

  • “The department’s circuit manager has been assigned to investigate allegations levelled against the principal and dysfunctionality of the school. Appropriate action will be taken based on the findings of the investigation. The principal reports to the circuit manage,” said Howard Ndaba, departmental spokesperson.

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