School withholds results

2012-01-23 00:00

NO school fees, no results.

This is the fate of Thulani Kheswa (18), who matriculated at the private Msunduzi Secondary School.

Kheswa failed to pay his outstanding fees of R6 050 after his mother died and when the results were issued on January 5, the school withheld his matric statement.

The school’s accountant, who spoke on behalf of the school, but refused to be identified by name, told The Witness that there are other pupils in a similar situation.

“This is part of the school’s policy that you can’t get your results if you haven’t paid your school fees. We’re not a charity organisation. Without the school fees, not getting funds kills the institution,” said the accountant.

He said of the about 200 pupils at the school, half do not pay their fees.

The school said Kheswa must commit, in writing, to pay the fees and then he will get his results.

“The school’s December rent wasn’t paid. Teachers have left because we can’t pay them,” he added.

While the school is sticking to its policy, Kheswa, said his dreams of furthering his studies or getting a job are doomed.

He cannot apply at a tertiary institution nor apply for funding aid for his studies and time is against him.

“I pleaded with the principal for mercy, but he just gave me a cold shoulder and said I must go look for a black businessman who can sponsor me,” said Kheswa.

During his matric exams, Kheswa had to share a timetable with his classmates because the school did not hand him his.

Kheswa’s grandmother, Philomena (70), “I don’t have the power to do anything. We’ll just have to pray and wait for a favourable outcome.”

KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education spokesperson, Mbali Thusi, said there is nothing they can do to help because the school is a private institution.


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