Chaos at JBay High School

2016-01-21 06:00

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JUST months after it opened, the first government high school in Jeffreys Bay, the Jeffreys Bay Comprehensive High School, is in turmoil.

Its first principal, Craig Nicholson, is on sick leave since last year - leaving the school without a principal, deputy principal and department heads. Thus, in essence, the school has no management structure.

  • Since the school opened its doors in July 201

According to DA MP Elza van Lingen, the school is in a state of crisis with little or no support from the Department of Education.

“No budget has been received from the Department of Education for the administration of the school, and even items like printing paper are being funded by the teachers themselves,” says Van Lingen. “There are no text books for Grade 10, and no English text books for Grade 8 and 9. There are on average 50 learners per classroom and most have to share desks.”

According to Van Lingen, despite the school also teaching Grade 10 since the beginning of the year, and its learners increasing from 472 learners in 2015 to about 756 currently, there are still only 15 teachers - one of whom is acting principal. The school has a waiting list of approximately 150 learners. “There are no plans to build phase two of the school - which was supposed to commence in 2015 - during this financial year, nor the next financial year,” says Van Lingen.

“This lack of planning will see the school run out of space once it expands next year to cater for Grade 11. Mockery is also being made of the fact that the school is supposed to offer technical subjects. The workshops have not been built, neither is there any evidence that the boys and girls hostel will be built.

“The Department of Education is failing the children of Jeffreys Bay and this cannot be accepted or tolerated. We demand to be forwarded an immediate plan to rectify the current position of staff, education management structures, additional teachers, textbooks and the necessary funding.”

No comment could be obtained from the Department of Education at the time of going to print.

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