‘Why didn’t his teacher help him?’

2011-02-22 00:00

PARENTS of a grade two pupil at Dlokwakhe Lower Primary in the Vulindlela area are angry at what they call a teacher’s “negligence”, after she had allegedly failed to seek proper treatment for six-year-old Siyamthanda Msomi when he was badly burnt at the school on Friday.

The incident happened allegedly after the teacher had instructed pupils to pick up litter and put it in a hole where they usually burn their rubbish.

“I was pushed by one of the pupils into a burning hole,” said Siyamthanda Msomi, showing his blistered and swollen left hand.

He said the teacher merely dipped his hands into cold water and carried on with the day’s lessons.

His mother, Nonkululeko Madonda, said yesterday: “On Friday my son came back from school crying because he was severely burnt.

“I went to school today to inquire from the teacher why she did not let my son go home because she could see he was in pain, but she was very rude to me, saying I should get permission from the principal to speak to her,” said Madonda.

She said she spoke to the principal, who claimed he was unaware of the incident.

“Then he gave me a chance to speak to the teacher, who instead of acknowledging her mistake just blamed my son for what had happened to him. She even said I am welcome to open a case against her if I want because she is innocent,” said Madonda.

She said she simply wanted to find out what had happened on Friday and why the pupils were not monitored.

The father, Thabani Msomi, said: “I was very hurt when I found my son burnt like that when I thought he was under the teacher’s care. I am not blaming them or saying that they could have done anything to avoid such an incident from occurring.”

Msomi said the teacher should have called him or the mother.

“This indicates a lack of action from the teacher because she did not bother about my son’s injury … she should have taken him home or to the clinic,” added Msomi.

A spokesperson for the MEC for Education, Muntu Lukhozi, said: “We will investigate the circumstances surrounding this matter … we had not heard about it before.”

She said pupils who need treatment for injuries suffered at school should not be neglected.

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