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Joburg principal under fire

2012-07-02 10:08

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.

Comments
  • Theo - 2012-07-02 10:47

    Where have I seen this before? Funds being wasted and incompetent people being hired... Doesn't it sound like the government?

  • JenniferMoller13 - 2012-07-02 15:49

    I matriculated from The Hill High School in 1997, and I can honestly say that I received a world-class education there. I'm very sorry to learn that things have deteriorated to this point, and even more sorry to report that the school itself is in a delapidated condition. Another once-proud South African government school reduced to a shadow of its former self.

  • bonny.guest - 2012-07-03 01:18

    This school was far better with Mr Botha as the headmaster and that is a fact. I wonder how qualified his wife is to teach there, those questions have been asked for years! At Honours Evenings mr Botha would simply be on the stage and take it from there. Sean Marques always has to be missing and then make his grand entrance. My son was injured on the rugby field a year ago and to this day the headmaster has never even called to ask if he was okay. So different under the previous head.

  • mash.selepe - 2012-07-04 11:44

    Ask me abt that school, abuse of our kids, too emotional head master, grampy and drugs as well as discrimination. He behaves like school kid instead of a leader. One man show!!!!!!! Let him go

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