Controversial principal ‘charged school fees at no-fee school’

2013-08-20 18:01

Teaching and learning is expected to resume tomorrow at Lihlithemba Technical School in Ndwedwe, north of Durban, following disruptions since Monday over the principal’s suspension.

But teachers at the school are still likely to face the music for their failure to be in class.

Muzi Mhlanzi, spokesperson for the KwaZulu-Natal department of education, earlier today said the department would consider disciplinary charges against teachers at the school who downed tools, seemingly in solidarity with their suspended principal.

According to Mhlanzi, principal Nana Gcabashe allegedly charged pupils school fees despite the school being a no-fee school.

“Charging school fees when the school receives funding from government as a no-fee school is an offence. A preliminary investigation found that there was cause to dig deeper which resulted in the principal being served with a suspension letter,” said Mhlanzi.

While the suspension was instituted three week ago, Gcabashe is alleged to have defied it, still reporting for duty.

She then allegedly held a meeting with the teachers on Sunday, inciting them to stay away.

“The head of department made it clear that he expected teaching and learning to resume from tomorrow. We will obviously look at the circumstances which led to teachers not attending classes.

“But they will not go scot-free. There are employment processes and regulations that need to be followed. And if you are found to be in breach, there are consequences,” said Mhlanzi.

Gcabashe’s hearing has been set for next Thursday.

She could not be reached for comment.

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