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Pupils stage lock-out over lack of teachers

2012-09-18 10:48

Johannesburg - Students at a secondary school in the Eastern Cape protested against a lack of teachers by locking out all staff members, the Dispatch Online reported on Tuesday.

The pupils from Njongihlanga Senior Secondary School, in Ncera Village, staged the lock-out on Monday in protest against their lack of teachers of maths, maths literacy, geography and agricultural science, the online newspaper reported.

They locked the main gate of the school, barring all entry to the grounds.

Two temporary teachers were sent to the school in March following several pleas for help to the provincial department of education, teachers asking to remain anonymous told the newspaper.

However, the payment of their salaries was bungled and they left their positions in August, leaving the pupils without instruction.

"We saw that nothing is happening, so we’re wasting our time coming to school as we’re going to fail the year anyway so we decided to do this," said Student Representative Council member Thabo Bokana.

"We’re doing this for our rights and we’re hoping the department will sit up and take notice," he said.

Comments
  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-09-18 10:52

    Good boy! Now remember who's fault it is really!

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-18 10:59

      anc - just to make sure LOL

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-09-18 11:02

      LOL yebo!

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-09-18 12:27

      Votela ANC, viva... whaahaahaahaa!!!

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-09-18 11:17

    PATHETIC of those who's responsibility it is to provide to this school.

  • mastermindpete - 2012-09-18 11:18

    The fatcats in the cANCer feel nothing for you or your education - all about the feeding trough !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TheDifference - 2012-09-18 11:20

    I do think the E. Cape learners have been dealt a very raw deal of recent times because of the ANC's lack of interest. But...Protesting lack of teachers, by locking out the ones you do have...kind of counter productive dont you think? Its kind of like burning my money to protest for higher wages.

      alastair.grant.98 - 2012-09-18 12:30

      I know what you mean, but the kids make the point that they're going to fail anyway. Personally, I think this is a brilliant move to draw attention to the ineptitude of the adults who are being PAID to ensure their constitutional right to education - from junior bureaucrats all the way up to the various ministers of education. I bet that nobody on that gravy chain skipped a salary payment. Needless to say, no heads will roll, because nobody takes responsibility for anything these days, and the blame will be apportioned between apartheid and the media. The real irony is that most of these kids will vote ANC, as soon as they are old enough, because they don't have the education they need to think for themselves.

      letsallbefriendsdammit - 2012-09-18 12:33

      What do you propose? A nicely worded letter to Jacob in a pretty envelope? When you're backed into a corner you take more drastic steps. I hope someone in Govt listens!

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-18 11:23

    Now come next election tell your parents to vote for education and not corruption

      heini.botes - 2012-09-18 11:41

      Amen brother. The cANCer only interested in keeping the uneducated exactly that, uneducated.

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-09-18 11:29

    How to keep stupid pupils stupid ...... teach then to STRIKE !!!

  • eugene.muller.7 - 2012-09-18 11:32

    Keep them dumb...keep them blind. Go cANCer...well done.

  • andre.burrows.92 - 2012-09-18 11:53

    Keep voting cANCer you struggling comrades

  • peter.j.cock - 2012-09-18 11:53

    All Annies faulty - oops sorry, she is not to blame - it's the Western Cape DA's fault because they accepted the "refugees" ( not only pupils, but teachers as well )

      apiwe.qamngwana - 2012-09-18 13:50

      like really now dude, this is a free country i dont see how someone who goes from eastern cape to the western cape is a refugee in the country of his birth.

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-09-18 12:00

    Who gives a crap. It's their own future that they're compromising. Even with matric they stand little chance of getting a job anyway.

      letsallbefriendsdammit - 2012-09-18 12:36

      They've acknowledged that they're compromising their own future but as they said 'We saw that nothing is happening, so we’re wasting our time coming to school as we’re going to fail the year anyway so we decided to do this.' Fair enough, they're trying to help the next year.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-18 12:12

    We need the police at some schools, also those in trouble in the Northern Cape. How can protestors be allowed to stop other children to go to school for 4 months? This is anarchy.

  • DarrenCooper68 - 2012-09-18 12:18

    Nothing short of an absolute disgrace. How do our politicians sleep at night, have they no conscience One can only hope that we will one day be led by people that if nothing else, care!

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-09-18 12:18

    Am I the only one who thinks it might be a better plan to make do with what you have, rather than can the whole deal and have nothing?

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