Teacher axed for not 'adjusting' marks

2013-03-20 09:08

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Upington - A Northern Cape teacher was fired after she allegedly refused to “adjust” the marks of the principal’s son so that he could pass a subject.

When Arlene Nel refused, she was fired from her job as mathematics and science teacher at Kakamas High School, reported Beeld.

Nel, who was heavily pregnant at the time, was informed in January via SMS by the principal, Karel Afrikaner, that her services were no longer needed.

The governing body knew nothing about this.

'Treated unfairly'

“I was treated unfairly and everyone at school knows what happened. I have a newborn baby without any income,” said Nel, who is a member of union Solidarity.

A union spokesperson said the matter would be referred for arbitration after no agreement could be reached. The case will resume on 24 April.

The principal allegedly asked Nel to adjust his Grade 11’s son’s marks for life sciences so that he could pass. He also wanted her to give the boy the opportunity to repeat all his tasks for the year.

The boy had achieved only 28% in the exam for the subject and need to get 100% to pass. In addition, he also failed maths and physical sciences with marks of 14% and 24% respectively. 

Nel said teachers couldn’t adjust marks willy-nilly as it was dishonest and disadvantaged learners.

Neither the principal nor the education department commented on the matter.

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