Joburg principal under fire

2012-07-02 10:08

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Johannesburg - A Johannesburg high school principal has been accused of mismanaging funds and hiring unqualified employees, The Star reported on Monday.

Teachers at The Hill High School, in Rosettenville, had sent the district office a petition in which they accused principal Sean Marques of a lack of financial transparency and of allowing the school governing body (SGB) to hire unqualified teachers.

They also claimed he was causing divisions among the staff and was controlling the SGB while acting as its treasurer.

The teachers reportedly said the SGB had too many members, with 32 staff members, and that it was not clear why some staff members had been hired at all.

The newspaper reported that an investigation into the school by the district office last June had found that most of allegations were true and had made recommendations.

However, according to the teachers, nothing had changed and the situation was worsening.

Gauteng education department spokesperson Charles Phahlane told the newspaper the department was in regular talks with the school and had "management concerns".

SGB chairperson Brenda dos Santos did not respond to questions sent to her by the newspaper.

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