Corruption 'rife' in some former Model C schools

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Johannesburg – Corruption is rife in some former Model C schools, Equal Education said on Tuesday, following a report on a Gauteng high school that showed irregularities ran into millions of rands.

"In some schools the fees are R20 000 and sometimes R30 000 [a year]. So it is the 'old guard' made up of teachers and principals, and specifically the schools’ investment arms [where the alleged corruption happens],” said Tshepo Motsepe, Equal Education general secretary. 

He said when he was a teacher at a former Model C school, he once asked where the oversight was for the investment arms, and the school responded with several "racist comments".

"Most of the parents in these former Model C schools are black. I was told the money did not come from the parents, but the 'old boys' – the white people who went to the school.

"They said things like, 'this establishment was here before black people came to the school'."

Race

Motsepe said many of the problems related to race.

"Some white teachers are paid more than black teachers, and the schools say this is because they have scarce skills."

Motsepe said in some cases district officials were "involved" with principals from Model C schools, and they would often turn a blind eye to alleged corruption.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said on Monday a criminal and civil case would be pursued against former officials of the Glenvista High School in Gauteng for corruption that ran into "millions".

A forensic report found payments were made by the school for its former principal's holiday home, a carport, hunting fees and personal flights.

According to Lesufi, the report also found the school had a "secret investment account", had unauthorised bank accounts, teachers were overpaid for their "rare skills" and payments were made for classes that did not take place, among other findings.

"This might be the tip of the iceberg in some of our schools," Lesufi said.

The head of department was instructed to sample some Model C schools to see if an investigation was needed to determine if this was a trend.

Lesufi said the department would not overlook corruption at other government schools, but was looking at former Model C schools "because of the magnitude of the amount of money".

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