MEC yet to comment on controversial school letter

2010-10-29 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Education MEC Senzo Mchunu is yet to comment on the contents of the letter circulated by the principal of Ladysmith High School, Dr Ettiene Liversage, disclosing the names of two pupils who were caught having sex in the school’s boys’ toilets last Monday.

Some parents felt that the letter was packed with racial undertones.

The Witness reported on Monday that the MEC would seek more information on the matter and intervene.

The second paragraph of the letter reads: On Monday, October 18, two black learners [naming them], did not arrive at their respective classes after second break.

“Instead they met in a boys’ toilet where they engaged in sexual intercourse. This was a premeditated act as the boy brought a condom to school for this purpose.”

On Friday morning of that week at the assembly, Dr Liversage is alleged to have challenged pupils who tore up the letters instead of taking them to their parents as instructed to reveal themselves, stressing that he was talking to the “black learners”.

Yesterday department spokesperson Muntu Lukhozi said the MEC had instituted a probe on the matter.

She reiterated what the MEC had said that under no circumstances are principals authorised to expel pupils. “On the issue of race and naming the learners, thereby potentially prejudicing them and risk not being admitted at any other schools, the MEC had just received a report from Othukela District, but has not had time to read the report,” Lukhozi said.

“As soon as he’s done that, all the questions regarding the matter will be answered. In the meantime we can confirm that the said learners have not been dismissed but suspended.

“Alternative arrangements have been made for them to write exams.”

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