Pupils protest by not attending classes

2015-04-30 13:48
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Buffelsdale pupils wait outside their classes.

Photo: Kaveel singh Buffelsdale pupils wait outside their classes.

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BUFFELSDALE Secondary School pupils refused to attend classes on Tuesday morning saying they did not want good teachers to leave the school.

The irate pupils were referring to the latest initiative from the Department of Education who have implemented a process called Post Provisioning Norms (PPN).

The initiative aims to balance the teacher to pupil ratio at schools throughout the district and province.

This means that many schools would have extra teachers that will be allocated to schools with fewer ones.

Speaking to the Weekly acting CES Selvan Chetty said since the protest, staff and management managed to restore order at the school.

“Pupils are now in their classes. There was a situation where pupils believed that information regarding the PPN initiative should have been given to them.”

A group of pupils told the Weekly that there was little communication on the matter to them.

“We have been asking about this for a while, but not much has been explained to us. It is simple from our perspective, we do not want to lose our good teachers.

“There are some subjects I have improved on because of a certain teacher,” said a Grade 11 pupil.

Chetty said that issues of staffing was a management issue and not a matter to consult pupils on.

“Buffelsdale Secondary does not have a shortage of teachers.

“I can understand pupils advocating a protest statement as a result of a shortage of teachers. But this is not so at this school. This school has more teachers than required.”

Chetty added that school staff simply adhered to a a process via department circulars.

School principal Dr. S.K. Singh said she would not officially comment on the matter

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